Georgia awaited its bowl fate on Sunday afternoon, with trips south and north both still on the table.
Here is the timing on an announcement Sunday:
- The College Football Playoff committee announced the four playoff teams earlier in the afternoon: Alabama and Ohio State in the Sugar Bowl, Oregon and Florida State in the Rose Bowl.
- Then Ole Miss and Mississippi State were each selected to one of the other four major bowls. Mississippi State's selection (to the Orange Bowl) was expected, while Ole Miss' selection (to the Peach Bowl) had a bit more drama to it.
- That decision put the Citrus Bowl more in play for Georgia. The Orlando-based bowl has the choice of the remaining SEC teams, and was to choose among Missouri, Georgia, or perhaps even LSU or Auburn.
UPDATE: Missouri was the choice, the Citrus announced.
There was a domino effect to the selection of the major six bowls, as the Citrus will now include a Big Ten team. It could have ended up with an ACC team, which likely would have been Clemson, and the bowl would not have wanted a Georgia-Clemson rematch.
- The other six bowls with an SEC tie-in will be announced at 6:30. If the Bulldogs are passed on by the Citrus, then they most likely would be assigned to the Outback (in Tampa) or Belk (in Charlotte), but could also be assigned to the Music City (in Nashville), or the Texas Bowl (in Houston). The other two bowls are the Liberty (in Memphis) and Gator (in Jacksonville.)
UPDATE: It appears that Georgia is going to the Belk. That news comes via process of elimination, as various reports have Auburn going to the Outback, and LSU going to the Music City.