Update: The fifth-ranked Georgia Bulldogs (12-2) were victorious over the seventh-ranked Baylor (11-3) in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.
The Sugar Bowl matchup is set, and it’s now time to make some Sugar Bowl betting predictions. The Georgia Bulldogs out of the Southeastern Conference will take on the Baylor Bears out of the Big 12 Conference in the Sugar Bowl. Kickoff is set for 8:45 pm ET on Jan. 1, 2020, and it will once again be played at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans.
Both Georgia and Baylor were selected to play in this game after coming up a little bit short in their respective conference championship games. Georgia and Baylor each finished the regular season with records of 11-2, and a win would have likely landed them in the College Football Playoff.
The Sugar Bowl betting spread has the Georgia Bulldogs as seven-point favorites over the Baylor Bears.
Sugar Bowl Picks
Let’s take a look at each team in the game before delivering our 2020 Sugar Bowl betting pick.
The Bulldogs have to be disappointed with their performance in the SEC Championship Game, especially scoring just 10 points in that loss. Georgia averaged more than 31 points per game this season, and quarterback Jake Fromm has proven that he can win big games.
Georgia will likely look to run the ball a lot in this game with D’Andre Swift, who has over 1,200 yards this season. Taking on a Big 12 opponent puts a lot of pressure on the Georgia defense, but that unit has allowed just 12.5 points per game this season, which was a big reason that Georgia was in the SEC Championship Game.
Quarterback Charlie Brewer passed for nearly 3,000 yards this season, and the Bears love to throw the ball. Baylor will need to find a way to establish the running game against Georgia to give Brewer some time to operate in the pocket.
The defense is one of the most underrated parts to this Baylor team, but it was the biggest reason that it advanced to the Big 12 Championship Game. The Bears gave up fewer than 20 points per game this season, but they will be in for a real test against Georgia.
Sugar Bowl Betting Prediction and Pick: The Bulldogs playing close to home will turn this stadium into a sea of red. Georgia has one of the best defenses in the country, and it will find a way to shut down the Baylor offense. Bet the Georgia Bulldogs -7.0 over the Baylor Bears in the Sugar Bowl.
History and Facts
The Allstate Sugar Bowl is the second longest-running bowl game in America, having been played each year since 1935. Allstate has been the title sponsor of this game since 2007, and the game has been played at the Superdome since 1975, except for one season.
The Sugar Bowl has conference affiliations with the SEC and Big 12, and it gets the first selection from those leagues after the College Football Playoff teams are announced. The annual payout for the Sugar Bowl is $17 million per team, making it one of the largest payouts.
Alabama leads all college football teams with 16 appearances in the Sugar Bowl, and it has gone 9-7 in those matchups. Oklahoma currently holds the best record of any team with at least eight appearances, posting a 6-2 mark in its eight games.
The Southeastern Conference has traditionally been dominant in the Sugar Bowl, leading the way with 40 victories, but it has also lost 37 times. There is a long list of NFL Hall of Fame inductees who has won the MVP of the Sugar Bowl, including Dan Marino (1982).