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Sugar Bowl bound: The Texas Longhorns are headed to a New Year’s Six game

The Texas Longhorns are headed to a New Year’s Six game in Tom Herman’s second season.

Texas landed in the Allstate Sugar Bowl on Sunday and will face Georgia, the SEC runner-up that several experts thought should have been in the College Football Playoff.


Georgia (11-2) vs. Texas (9-4)

Mercedes-Benz Superdome

Jan. 1, 7:45 p.m., ESPN

The matchup: The No. 1 storyline for Texas all season has been -- are the Longhorns back? Well, getting into a New Year’s Six game certainly puts Texas back on the national stage.

The Longhorns were disappointed in falling to Oklahoma in the Big 12 championship, but this is a nice landing spot and consolation prize.

“Extremely excited to be one of the very few select teams to participate in a New Year’s Six Bowl Game,” Texas head coach Tom Herman said. “To have it be the prestigious Sugar Bowl is just icing on the cake. Really proud of our team for what they’ve accomplished, although certainly disappointed with the outcome in our championship game yesterday. This is a definite reward for them and the season that they’ve had.”

Texas will be facing a Georgia team that could be fired up to prove people it deserved a spot in the CFP, or a team that is disappointed and mailing it in.

Either way, this is a big-time matchup between Big 12 and SEC powers.

Eyes will be on Texas QB Sam Ehlinger going toe-to-toe with Georgia’s Jake Fromm. Both are highly-touted quarterbacks with solid seasons.

Fromm threw for 2,236 yards with 24 touchdowns and five interceptions, while Ehlinger threw for 2,774 yards with 23 touchdowns and four interceptions.

This will mark the fifth matchup between the two programs.

Texas owns the all-time series 3-1. The last matchup was the 1984 Cotton Bowl that Georgia won 10-9.

Local ties: Southlake Carroll’s Lil’Jordan Humphrey has been a top threat for Texas’ offense this season. Georgia defensive back J.R. Reed went to Plano Prestonwood and has one sack and one interception on the season.

He said it: “After the bowl game, I think we will do some reflection and be very proud of where we’ve come.” -- Herman

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