In terms of pure talent, No. 5 Georgia appears to have a big edge against No. 15 Texas in this year’s Sugar Bowl.
But will the Bulldogs be motivated for that game after coming oh so close to the College Football Playoff?
That’s the question Tim Tebow posed in an interview with 247Sports.com’s Georgia website. While the SEC Network analyst and former Florida quarterback said he felt the Bulldogs belonged in the CFP even after their meltdown in the SEC Championship Game, he’s concerned about how that loss to Alabama will affect them in their bowl game.
“Going into the Sugar Bowl there’s so little for them to play for,” Tebow said. “They thought they had beat Alabama. That was (an) SEC Championship Game they let slip through their fingers. College Football Playoff? Slipped through their fingers. Now for the time leading up to the game, where’s your motivation? Where is your edge? Where is that fire?
“That is something that the leaders of Georgia really have to lock in and say, ‘Hey you know what? We’re playing for pride. We’re playing a big program in Texas.’ But a lot of these guys are going to say, ‘Listen, we don’t care about Texas. We care about Bama. We let that one get away. Now we’re going to play the 15th-ranked team in the country?’
“It’s like the motivation isn’t there, so I’m a little bit nervous about this game.”
Georgia led the top-ranked Crimson Tide by two touchdowns with about 18 minutes to play in last Saturday’s game, only to fall victim to a 35-28 comeback led by backup quarterback Jalen Hurts. That loss cost the Bulldogs back-to-back SEC champions and another trip to the CFP.
They’ll face four-loss Texas instead on Jan. 1, 2019, in New Orleans. Georgia is currently a double-digit favorite, but Tebow believes the Bulldogs will need to stay motivated if they want to win the Sugar Bowl.