Georgia-Cincinnati to play in Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl

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Georgia coach Kirby Smart talks to his players during a timeout in the first half of the team’s NCAA college football game against Kentucky on Saturday, Oct. 19, 2019, in Athens, Ga. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

ATHENS — The University of Georgia will play Cincinnati of the American Athletic Conference in the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl scheduled for Jan. 1, 2021, in Atlanta, the College Football Playoff committee announced Sunday.
 
Kickoff for the game between the ninth-ranked Bulldogs (7-2) and the eighth-ranked Bearcats (9-0) is scheduled for 12 noon ET and be televised on ESPN. This will be the third all-time meeting between the programs.  The Bulldogs won both previous contests: 35-13 in Cincinnati in 1942 and 31-17 in Athens in 1976. 
 
“The challenges of this season have been many for every team and I’m certainly excited for our team and especially our seniors to have the opportunity to play in the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl which is annually one of the premier New Year’s Six games during the holiday season,” said UGA head coach Kirby Smart.  “This is close to home and a venue we are very familiar with; however, none of our players and only a couple of our coaches have had the opportunity to participate in this game.  We’re also looking forward to the challenge of playing a quality opponent in Cincinnati. Coach Fickell has done a remarkable job with two 11-win seasons the last two years and a perfect season this year.”  
 
Georgia has made five previous appearances in the Peach Bowl.  Georgia’s last appearance in the Atlanta game was Dec. 30, 2006, when the ‘Dogs defeated Virginia Tech, 31-24. The other four: defeated Maryland, 17-16, on Dec. 28, 1973; lost to Syracuse, 19-18, Dec. 30, 1989; lost to Virginia, 34-27, Dec. 30, 1995; and defeated Virginia, 35-33, Dec. 31, 1998.
 
“We are delighted with the selection of our team to represent the University of Georgia in the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl,” said UGA J. Reid Parker Director of Athletics Greg McGarity. “Even though we have played in Atlanta on several occasions, we’ve not had the opportunity to play in this game since 2006.  Even under the circumstances of 2020, it will be a new experience for our players and as many of our fans who are able to attend.  It’s a great opportunity to play in a first class stadium, and we look forward to competing against an undefeated Cincinnati team.”
 
 
This will be Georgia’s 57th post-season appearance—fourth most of any team in the country. The Bulldogs’ all-time post-season record is 32-21-3. This is also the 24thconsecutive season the Bulldogs have earned a bowl appearance, which ranks as the longest current active streak in the country.
 
Georgia’s senior class is 43-9 in their career with two bowl wins (Rose, Sugar), three SEC Eastern Division championships, 2017 SEC title, 2017 College Football Playoff national runnerup, and pending trip to the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl.  The 43 senior class victories is one short of the school record of 44 earned by the 2005 and 2019 classes.

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