The Georgia Bulldogs got a much-needed win against the Florida Gators on Saturday. It was an important win because the Bulldogs still have a shot to win the SEC East. However, not only do the Bulldogs need to win out, they need to have Missouri lose two more conference games. So odds are the Bulldogs will miss out on the SEC title game and a chance to play in the Sugar Bowl.
But if they finish with a 9-3 or 8-4 regular-season record, they should be able play in a bowl game on New Year’s Day. But who would the Bulldogs’ opponent be? Here’s a look at the four likely bowl opponents for the Bulldogs.
Michigan started the season winning its first five games. But in the last three weeks, the Wolverines lost to Penn State in overtime and got dominated by Michigan State.
This would be a good matchup because the Wolverines are one of the better teams in the Big Ten while the Bulldogs have been one of the more consistent teams in the SEC the last decade. A matchup with the Bulldogs and the Wolverines would be the first time since 1965 they did battle on the field.
This matchup would feature two of the best offensive playmakers in the country. Michigan receiver Jeremy Gallon is on pace to have over 1,000 receiving yards while Georgia running back Todd Gurley will have another 1,000-yard season if he remains healthy.
|Outback||Wisconsin, Northwestern, Michigan State, Michigan|
|Gator||Michigan State, Minnesota|
VIRGINIA TECH HOKIES
This would be another team the Bulldogs rarely see. The last time the Bulldogs faced the Hokies was in the Chick-fil-A Bowl in 2006. That was a game where freshman Matthew Stafford led the Bulldogs to a second-half rally for the win.
Virginia Tech has the same record as the Bulldogs, and the Hokies have a chance to finish second in the ACC Coastal Division. It would not be a bad thing to see both of these teams take part in the Chick-fil-A Bowl again. If the Hokies and Bulldogs finish strong, they need to take part in one of the better non-BCS bowls.
MINNESOTA GOLDEN GOPHERS
The Golden Gophers are having a great 2013 season as they are 7-2 and are riding a three-game winning streak. Led by running back David Cobb, the Gophers have one of the more dangerous running attacks in the country and are averaging 221 yards per game.
Having Cobb going up against Gurley in a game like the Gator Bowl would be interesting. Gurley is a guy everyone knows while Cobb is one of the top new running backs in the country.
This will also be a good test to see if Minnesota can hang with a quality SEC team. If they win, then it would be a really successful season for Jerry Kill’s group.
With three games left on the schedule, Iowa has a chance to finish with an 8-4 record. That would attract the Gator Bowl or the Outback Bowl to pick the Hawkeyes to face Georgia in a New Year’s Day contest.
The Hawkeyes have a stellar defense as they only give up 19 points per game. Linebacker James Morris has been the reason the Hawkeyes are much improved, tallying 76 tackles, five sacks and three interceptions so far this season.
Morris going up against Aaron Murray would be a good matchup. Both players are seniors and are looking to lead their respective team out on top. Also the player that wins the contest could really improve his draft stock with an impressive performance.