Georgia and Alabama are set to face off in the 2012 SEC Championship Game on Saturday at 4 p.m. ET (CBS). The winner of that game is all but assured a spot in the 2013 BCS National Championship Game in Miami to face Notre Dame.
If Georgia does win, it would be their first BCS title game appearance and first shot at a national championship since beating Notre Dame in the 1981 Sugar Bowl. Obviously, we hope this is the scenario that unfolds for the Bulldogs.
With that being said, let’s take a look at all of the bowl possibilities for the 2012 Georgia Bulldogs. If UGA falls to Alabama, it’s very unlikely that they will make another BCS bowl, so those will be disregarded.
2013 Discover BCS National Championship Game
Sun Life Stadium, Miami Gardens, FL
Monday, Jan. 7, 2013 – 8:30 p.m. ET, ESPN
It’s simple. Beat Alabama on Saturday and earn a spot in the national championship game against Notre Dame. This is what Georgia fans have been wanting since 1980. Who would have thought UGA would be in this position after losing 35-7 at South Carolina in October? Certainly not me.
Georgia and Mark Richt can prove their detractors wrong with back-to-back wins over #2 Alabama and #1 Notre Dame.
2013 AT&T Cotton Bowl
Cowboys Stadium, Arlington, TX
Friday, Jan. 4, 2013 – 8 p.m. ET, FOX
Before today, it was assumed that the Cotton Bowl would take Johnny Football and Texas A&M and match them up with long-time rival Texas. If A&M wasn’t available, most predicted LSU to the Cotton.
But Zach Klein of WSB reported today that he’s hearing, should UGA lose to Bama, that they are “most likely headed to the Cotton Bowl.” The Bulldogs haven’t played in the Cotton Bowl since a 10-9 win over Texas in 1984. Texas would be their likely opponent this time around also.
2013 Capital One Bowl
Florida Citrus Bowl, Orlando, FL
Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2013 – 1 p.m. ET, ABC
Some pundits predicted Georgia to the Capital One Bowl vs. Michigan if the Dawgs lose to Alabama. Well that all changed today when Brett McMurphy of ESPN reported that the Capital One Bowl will pick Texas A&M. That opens the door for Georgia to head to the Cotton, but if the Cotton passes, Georgia could fall down to the Chick-fil-A Bowl.
2013 Outback Bowl
Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, FL
Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2013 – 1 p.m. ET, ESPN
Georgia isn’t likely to play in the Outback Bowl since they played here last season against Michigan State. Most predictions have the South Carolina Gamecocks heading for Tampa.
2012 Chick-fil-A Bowl
Georgia Dome, Atlanta, GA
Monday, Dec. 31, 2012 – 7:30 p.m. ET, ESPN
This is Georgia’s most likely destination if they fall to Alabama on Saturday and the Cotton Bowl passes them up. This is the farthest down in the bowl pecking order that the loser of the SEC Championship Game can fall. Georgia’s likely opponent in this game would be the Clemson Tigers. And by the way, Georgia opens the 2013 season at Clemson.
If Georgia wins tomorrow, we know where they are headed — Miami. If, unfortunately, the Dawgs fall to Alabama, we may find out Saturday evening with an official announcement surely to come by Sunday night.