Allstate Sugar Bowl Betting Preview: Georgia Bulldogs vs. Baylor Bears – Jan. 1, 2020

by Mark Daloisio | January 1, 2020 |

The 2019 Allstate Sugar Bowl will take place on Wednesday, January 1, 2020, and will feature the Georgia Bulldogs and Baylor Bears. 

The Allstate Sugar Bowl is being played at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana with the kickoff scheduled to take place at 8:45 PM ET on ESPN.

Bookmaker has set the point spread for this game at Georgia Bulldogs -6 and have set the total for the over/under plays at 41.5 points.

Sugar Bowl History

This year’s Allstate Sugar Bowl will be the 86th rendition of the historic bowl game and will feature the Georgia Bulldogs and the Baylor Bears.   

The Georgia Bulldogs have appeared in the Sugar Bowl the 3rd most of any team in the FBS with 11 appearances.  They are 4-6 in the 10 previous games with the Baylor matchup being the 11th. 

The Baylor Bears will be appearing in their 2nd Sugar Bowl and have a 1-0 record in the previous matchup.  

The following are the previous Sugar Bowl game history:

  • January 1, 1935 Tulane 20 Temple 14
  • January 1, 1936 TCU 3 LSU 2
  • January 1, 1937 Santa Clara 21 LSU 14
  • January 1, 1938 Santa Clara 6 LSU 0
  • January 2, 1939 #1 TCU 15 #6 Carnegie Tech 7
  • January 1, 1940 #1 Texas A&M 14 #5 Tulane 13
  • January 1, 1941 #4 Boston College 19 #6 Tennessee 13
  • January 1, 1942 #6 Fordham 2 #7 Missouri 0
  • January 1, 1943 #7 Tennessee 14 #4 Tulsa 7
  • January 1, 1944 #13 Georgia Tech 20 Tulsa 18
  • January 1, 1945 #11 Duke 29 Alabama 26
  • January 1, 1946 #5 Oklahoma State 33 #7 Saint Mary's (CA) 13
  • January 1, 1947 #3 Georgia 20 #9 North Carolina 10
  • January 1, 1948 #5 Texas 27 #6 Alabama 7
  • January 1, 1949 #5 Oklahoma 14 #3 North Carolina 6
  • January 2, 1950 #2 Oklahoma 35 #9 LSU 0
  • January 1, 1951 #7 Kentucky 13 #1 Oklahoma 7
  • January 1, 1952 #3 Maryland 28 #1 Tennessee 13
  • January 1, 1953 #2 Georgia Tech 24 #7 Ole Miss 7
  • January 1, 1954 #8 Georgia Tech 42 #10 West Virginia 19
  • January 1, 1955 #5 Navy 21 #6 Ole Miss 0
  • January 2, 1956 #7 Georgia Tech 7 #11 Pittsburgh 0
  • January 1, 1957 #11 Baylor 13 #2 Tennessee 7
  • January 1, 1958 #7 Ole Miss 39 #11 Texas 7
  • January 1, 1959 #1 LSU 7 #12 Clemson 0
  • January 1, 1960 #2 Ole Miss 21 #3 LSU 0
  • January 2, 1961 #2 Ole Miss 14 Rice 6
  • January 1, 1962 #1 Alabama 10 #9 Arkansas 3
  • January 1, 1963 #3 Ole Miss 17 #6 Arkansas 13
  • January 1, 1964 #8 Alabama 12 #7 Ole Miss 7
  • January 1, 1965 #7 LSU 13 Syracuse 10
  • January 1, 1966 #6 Missouri 20 Florida 18
  • January 2, 1967 #6 Alabama 34 #3 Nebraska 7
  • January 1, 1968 LSU 20 #5 Wyoming 13
  • January 1, 1969 #9 Arkansas 16 #4 Georgia 2
  • January 1, 1970 #13 Ole Miss 27 #3 Arkansas 22
  • January 1, 1971 #4 Tennessee 34 #11 Air Force 13
  • January 1, 1972 #3 Oklahoma 40 #5 Auburn 22
  • December 31, 1972 #2 Oklahoma 14 #5 Penn State 0
  • December 31, 1973 #3 Notre Dame 24 #1 Alabama 23
  • December 31, 1974 #8 Nebraska 13 #18 Florida 10
  • December 31, 1975 #3 Alabama 13 #7 Penn State 6
  • January 1, 1977 #1 Pittsburgh 27 #4 Georgia 3
  • January 2, 1978 #3 Alabama 35 #9 Ohio State 6
  • January 1, 1979 #2 Alabama 14 #1 Penn State 7
  • January 1, 1980 #2 Alabama 24 #6 Arkansas 9
  • January 1, 1981 #1 Georgia 17 #7 Notre Dame 10
  • January 1, 1982 #10 Pittsburgh 24 #2 Georgia 20
  • January 1, 1983 #2 Penn State 27 #1 Georgia 23
  • January 2, 1984 #3 Auburn 9 #8 Michigan 7
  • January 1, 1985 #5 Nebraska 28 #11 LSU 10
  • January 1, 1986 #8 Tennessee 35 #2 Miami 7
  • January 1, 1987 #6 Nebraska 30 #5 LSU 15
  • January 1, 1988 #4 Syracuse 16 #6 Auburn 16
  • January 2, 1989 #4 Florida State 13 #7 Auburn 7
  • January 1, 1990 #2 Miami 33 #7 Alabama 25
  • January 1, 1991 #6 Tennessee 23 Virginia 22
  • January 1, 1992 #18 Notre Dame 39 #3 Florida 28
  • January 1, 1993[b] #2 Alabama 34 #1 Miami 13
  • January 1, 1994 #8 Florida 41 #3 West Virginia 7
  • January 2, 1995 #7 Florida State 23 #5 Florida 17
  • December 31, 1995 #13 Virginia Tech 28 #9 Texas 10
  • January 2, 1997[c] #3 Florida 52 #1 Florida State 20
  • January 1, 1998 #4 Florida State 31 #9 Ohio State 14
  • January 1, 1999 #3 Ohio State 24 #8 Texas A&M 14
  • January 4, 2000[d] #1 Florida State 46 #2 Virginia Tech 29
  • January 2, 2001 #2 Miami 37 #7 Florida 20
  • January 1, 2002 #12 LSU 47 #7 Illinois 34
  • January 1, 2003 #4 Georgia 26 #16 Florida State 13
  • January 4, 2004[d] #2 LSU 21 #3 Oklahoma 14
  • January 3, 2005 #3 Auburn 16 #9 Virginia Tech 13
  • January 2, 2006[a] #11 West Virginia 38 #8 Georgia 35
  • January 3, 2007 #4 LSU 41 #11 Notre Dame 14
  • January 2, 2009 #7 Utah 31 #4 Alabama 17
  • January 1, 2010 #5 Florida 51 #4 Cincinnati 24
  • January 4, 2011 #6 Ohio State 31[e] #8 Arkansas 26
  • January 3, 2012 #13 Michigan 23 #17 Virginia Tech 20
  • January 2, 2013 #22 Louisville 33 #4 Florida 23
  • January 2, 2014 #10 Oklahoma 45 #3 Alabama 31
  • January 1, 2015[f] #4 Ohio State 42 #1 Alabama 35
  • January 1, 2016 #12 Ole Miss 48 #16 Oklahoma State 20
  • January 2, 2017 #7 Oklahoma 35 #14 Auburn 19
  • January 1, 2018 #4 Alabama 24 #1 Clemson 6
  • January 1, 2019 #14 Texas 28 #6 Georgia 21

Previous Matchups

This will be the 5th time that the Georgia Bulldogs and the Baylor Bears have played each other.  In the previous 4 matchups, Georgia has won all of the games. They are 4-0 vs. Baylor with the last game taking place in 1989. 

Georgia Bulldogs Preview

The Georgia Bulldogs are entering the Allstate Sugar Bowl off a 37-10 vs LSU in the SEC Championship game.  The loss snapped a six-game winning streak to end the season. They finished the regular season with an 11-2 SU and 7-6 ATS record.

Georgia finished in 1st place in the SEC East Division with a 7-1 conference record one game ahead of 2nd place Florida.  They went on to play the SEC West Divison winner LSU in the conference championship game.

Georgia was rolling right along with a 5-0 start and felt pretty good about moving to 6-0 playing at home as 20½ point favorites to South Carolina.  Georgia was upset 20-17 in double overtime.

It just goes to show anything can happen in college football. They made sure that it did not happen again winning their next six to win the East division. 

Coming into the SEC Championship Game they were ranked number four and a win would put them into the 4 team playoffs, but they lost to #2 ranked LSU 37-10 dropping them out of the postseason and dreams of winning a championship.

Georgia is scoring 31.2 ppg while giving up 12.5 ppg.  The Georgia offense is ranked 49th in points scored per game and just 60th in total offense. 

The defense certainly was the strength of this team coming in ranked 2nd in fewest points allowed per game this year.  They were also ranked 4th in total defense this season.    

QB Jake Fromm threw for 2,610 yards with 22 touchdowns and 5 interceptions.  WR George Pickens led the team in receiving with 552 yards on 37 catches with 7 touchdowns. 

WR Lawrence Cager added 33 catches for 476 yards with 4 touchdowns. This crew led the team to the 76th ranked passing offense in the country.

RB D’Andre Swift carried the ball 195 times rushing for 1,216 yards with 7 touchdowns to pace the running attack.  RB Brian Herrien was 2nd with 490 yards on 103 carries with 6 touchdowns. The Bulldog rushing attack is ranked 37th in rushing yards this year. 

PK Rodrigo Blankenship was 25/31 in field goals and a perfect 44/44 in extra points this season.  He made 3 of his 5 attempts from 50+ yards as well.

Baylor Bears Preview

The Baylor Bears are entering the Allstate Sugar Bowl off a 30-23 OT loss vs Oklahoma in the Big 12 Championship Game.  The loss snapped their two-game winning streak. They finished the regular season with a 11-2 SU and 9-4 ATS record. 

Baylor finished in 2nd place in the Big 12 this season.  They actually were tied with 1st place Oklahoma with 8-1 conference records, but the division was awarded to Oklahoma since they won the only game between the two this season.

If Oklahoma was not on the schedule, the Bears may have finished this season undefeated.  Both of their losses were to the Sooners. After starting out 9-0, they were blowing out the Sooners on their way to a 10-0 start but blew the lead and the game  34-31 to suffer their first loss of the season.

These two met again in the conference championship game and this time Baylor lost in overtime to those same Sooners 30-23 making them 11-2.  They are probably glad they don’t play in their bowl game.  

Baylor is scoring 35.2 ppg while giving up19.3 ppg.  That offensive output has them ranked 16th in the nation in points scored per game, although they were just 45th in total offense. 

Sounds like they made the most out of their yards gained this year. On the other side of the ball, the defense is ranked was also ranked 16th in fewest points allowed.  Talk about a balance between offense & defense. In total defense, they were ranked 40th in the country.  

QB Charlie Brewer threw for 2,950 yards with 20 touchdowns and 6 interceptions.  WR Denzel Mims led all receivers with 61 catches for 945 yards with 11 touchdowns. 

WR Tyquan Thornton added another 744 yards on 41 catches with 5 touchdowns. This group led the team to the 42nd best team in passing yards this season.

The running was just behind the passing game coming in a 49th in the nation in rushing yards this year.  They were led by RB John Lovett who had 100 carries for 637 yards with 5 touchdowns.

RB JaMycal Hasty was 2nd on the team with 614 yards on 101 carries with 7 touchdowns, but it was QB Charlie Brewer who set the pace with 10 rushing touchdowns.

PK John Mayers was a perfect 51/51 in extra points and a solid 16 of 19 in field goals for 84%.  Most were under 39 yards but he was 1/1 from 40-49 yards and 1/1 from 50+ yards. 

Handicapping Breakdown

This game could very easily end up being the best game of the bowl season. Georgia has a great defense while Baylor has a great offense! It is a game where styles compete and whichever team can pull off their gameplan is going to win this game.

Georgia will put plenty of pressure on QB Charlie Brewer to prevent him from dictating the pace of this game. If Brewer is able to sit in the pocket and is given the time, he has the ability to pick this Bulldogs secondary apart.

That being said, if the Bulldogs front can put pressure on him, it will be a long day for him!

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