NEW ORLEANS, La. (WTOC) - The University of Georgia Bulldogs will make their second straight appearance in the Sugar Bowl. This time taking on No. 7 Baylor University.
For the Bulldogs, this is a chance at a little redemption in more ways than one.
The Dawgs were back on the field at the SuperDome in New Orleans on Monday, preparing for the chance to make up for last year's less than stellar performance against the Texas Longhorns; a 28-21 loss for the Dawgs.
But the game also provides another opportunity for the Georgia defense to shine after a rough go of it last time out, when they were gashed by LSU's buzz saw offense in the SEC Title Game.
Dawg fans may feel a little vindicated after seeing what the Tigers did to Oklahoma in the College Football Playoff semifinal, but after allowing nearly 500 total yards their last time out, Georgia would like to remind the rest of the country just how good they can be.
"We definitely want to come out there and show the world how we play as a football team, that last performance really doesn't reflect on us too much. We're going to line up and we're going to show we play football and face a great team in Baylor,” Richard LeCounte said.
"As a defense, we just want to come back and show we're still that defense for sure and that we can play at a high level. we just want to come back and show the world what we can do really,” Azeez Ojulari said.
"I know for a fact we did not like how we played against LSU, so honestly, we're just trying to come out and make a statement and show that we're still the best defense out here. We just didn't play up to our standards last game,” Eric Stokes said.
As for the Dawgs’ offense, depleted as they will be without three offensive line starters, they're facing a pretty stout defense in Baylor.
The Bears allowed just 19 points a game in 2019 and were second in the country with 30 takeaways.
The Sugar Bowl will be played New Year’s Day at 8:45 p.m.