Baylor is Going to the 2019 Sugar Bowl

2019 Sugar Bowl

The No. 7 Baylor Bears (11-2) may not be in the final four of the College Football Playoff week six rankings (those would be No. 1 LSU, No. 2 Ohio State, No. 3 Clemson, and No. 4 Oklahoma), but they have nothing to be ashamed of or disappointed about after matching a Baylor football record and transforming their program from 1-11 to 11-2 in two years. Not only will the Bears play in a bowl game for their final performance of the season, but they’ve also exceeded all preseason expectations as they face No. 5 Georgia in a New Years Six match up at the 2019 Sugar Bowl in New Orleans. The game will air on ESPN on January 1 at 7:45 p.m. (CT). The 2019 Sugar Bowl will be the Bears second ever challenge as their first and last appearance was in the 1957 game where they won 13-7 against then-ranked No. 2 Tennessee. The challenge will be Baylor’s second bowl game in Matt Rhule’s three years as head coach as the 2018 squad (7-6) defeated Vanderbilt 45-38 in the Texas Bowl. Georgia fell out of the top 4 in CFP rankings after they lost to No. 2 LSU in the SEC Championship last weekend. The Bulldogs also boast an 11-2 record with their first loss of the season being upset by unranked South Carolina 20-17 in overtime. Since that defeat, Georgia beat No. 9 Florida and No. 12 Auburn to finish with two victories over ranked teams in the season. The 2019 Sugar Bowl may be the most exciting New Years Six bowl for avid defense fans as both Baylor and Georgia have two of the top ranked squads in the country for turnovers, scoring, and total defense performances. For a team like Baylor who only two years ago looked beatable to almost any school in the nation to end up in the Sugar Bowl and as the No. 7 ranked group, nothing could be sweeter.