Where will Georgia go bowling?

semerson@macon.comDecember 8, 2013 

ATHENS - Updating as we find out information on where Georgia will play in its bowl:

Update: 5:45 p.m.

Georgia players had not been officially told their bowl destination as of a few minutes ago. Presumably it is the Gator, especially since the Music City (the bowl that picks after the Gator) now reportedly picking Ole Miss.

But official Georgia sources are not confirming anything yet.

Update: 5:10 p.m.

A lot happened quickly, and it now appears Georgia is headed to the Gator Bowl after all.

Texas A&M has been chosen for the Chick-fil-A Bowl, according to the Durham Herald-Sun, and LSU has been chosen for the Outback, according to multiple reports in Louisiana.

That leaves Georgia for the Gator, likely against Michigan. No confirmation from Georgia's end or the Gator Bowl yet.

Update: 4:40 p.m.

Things appear very much up in the air, from what I can tell after speaking to people in a few different places. Georgia could still end up in the Gator or the Chick-fil-A, and the way things are going you may not even be able to rule out the Outback.

What's going on is this: Those three bowls will have either Texas A&M, Georgia or LSU, and they just need to sort it out. The Outback picks first, followed by the Chick-fil-A and then the Gator. But the SEC office also has some influence, and the bowls have preference for certain matchups. So this afternoon has seen some backroom wrangling.

What we know is this: LSU and the Chick-fil-A would prefer to go their separate ways this year, having played in it last year. And the Gator, picking last, will take whichever SEC falls to them. The key is the Outback's selection, and how it affects the Chick-fil-A.

It has to settle down into bowl choices within the next few hours, so stay tuned.

Update: 4:10 p.m.

The Chick-fil-A is now set to pick Duke, rather than Miami, according to both the Raleigh and Durham newspapers. So that's on the ACC front, but it's uncertain whether it affects the choice of the SEC school.

Georgia and Duke have met just once, in 1986, in Athens. Georgia won that game 31-7.

A matchup between Georgia and Miami had a more intriguing storyline, because of it being Mark Richt's alma mater. The only major storyline between Duke and one of the available SEC teams would be Ole Miss, which fired David Cutcliffe after the 2004 season. Cutcliffe is now Duke's head coach.

But the Chick-fil-A's short list did not include Ole Miss as of Sunday afternoon, according to its web site. That short list included Georgia, LSU, South Carolina and Texas A&M. South Carolina is reportedly ticketed for the Capital One, and the Outback was favoring Texas A&M.

But the Outback has not made its decision final.

Update: 2:20 p.m.

At least one outlet is now saying that Georgia is headed to the Chick-fil-A.

Laura Keeley, a Duke beat writer for the Raleigh News and Observer, tweeted that Duke would face Louisville in the Russell Athletic Bowl (in Orlando), and that Georgia would face Miami in the Chick-fil-A bowl.

There's been no word yet on Georgia's end. A source at the Chick-fil-A Bowl said it was "way too early to tell." And Keeley followed up in a tweet that ACC commissioner John Swofford was trying to get the bowl to take Duke over Miami.

Miami is Georgia head coach Mark Richt's alma mater. The two programs last faced each other in 1966, in the regular season, and Miami won at home, 7-6. It was Georgia's only loss of the season.

Georgia last appeared in the Chick-fil-A Bowl in 2006, and its matchup with Virginia Tech resulted in the largest crowd in the bowl's history: 75,406.

Jerry Palm of CBSsports.com has also changed his projection to Georgia in the Chick-fil-A, with Texas A&M going to the Outback.

9:30 a.m.

Georgia's bowl destination, as of Sunday morning, remains either the Gator or the Chick-fil-A, with the decision appearing to hinge on what the Outback decides.

Nothing will be officially announced until later Sunday, but some bowl decisions were leaking out after the SEC championship:

The Capital One, which has the first pick of SEC teams not in the BCS, is reportedly focusing on South Carolina. The Cotton Bowl, which has next pick, is now thought to be favoring Missouri, according to multiple reports.

Next up is the Outback and Chick-fil-A, which are typically regarded as wild cards in the selection process.

The Outback seemed to be deciding between LSU and Texas A&M. If it picked LSU, then the Chick-fil-A was likely to pick Texas A&M. At that point, the Gator would happily take Georgia.

But if the Outback selects Texas A&M, then reports out of Louisiana were that the Chick-fil-A would pass on LSU, which it had in last year's game, and then take Georgia.

Gator Bowl president Rick Catlett has told The Telegraph and other media outlets that the most likely scenario is a Georgia-Michigan matchup in Jacksonville. But Catlett has also said he would be happy with LSU or Texas A&M if Georgia were picked first.

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