This article is part of our Bowl Game Pick 'Em series.
Welcome back for another exciting slate of bowl games to round out the 2018 season. For those who are unfamiliar with the format, confidence picks are straight up rather than against the spread, so we're just picking winners here and ranking them from most (39- Georgia) to least (1-Virginia) confident. The spreads are included as a reference. For clarity, the team I side with is always listed first in the matchup
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39.) Georgia (-11.5) vs. Texas
There's always a fear of a team on the outside looking in on the playoff picture phoning it in for the non-playoff bowl. That's not the sense I get from this Georgia team, which is looking to end the year on a high note against Texas. Part of my rationale is how Georgia played to end the season. Georgia averaged 43.0 points per game (9th) in November, with D'Andre Swift averaging 8.86 yards per carry and Jake Fromm checking in with the second-highest passer rating (194.6) to go with an 8:1 TD: INT in that span.
Overall, Georgia ranks in the nation in S&P+ as a team (3rd in offense, 16th in defense) whereas Texas checks in at 6th overall (28th in offense, 55th in defense). That's a fairly significant gap between two teams, especially for a New Year's Six bowl. Texas is no slouch, but it might be a year away from being able to knock off Georgia