The Cincinnati Bearcats have one of the best résumés of any Group of 5 school in BCS/College Football Playoff history, and they still finished just No. 8 in this season’s final rankings. In the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl against Georgia (noon ET on Jan. 1 on ESPN and the ESPN App), they’ll be looking to further prove their worth against a Power 5 team that will be a 2021 title favorite.
Both Georgia and Cincinnati have been known for their defensive prowess this season (Nos. 1 and 2, respectively, in SP+). However, both teams come into this game looking more complete than they have at any point in the season. Cincinnati quarterback Desmond Ridder has been red-hot since a Oct. 24 blowout victory over SMU as one of the best dual-threat quarterbacks in the nation.
Georgia finally has its quarterback in JT Daniels. In three starts, he has thrown for 839 yards, nine touchdowns and just one interception. He has left Georgia fans wondering what this season could have been if he had been healthy the entire year, but also excited for what’s to come, starting with the Peach Bowl.
This one might be the most interesting of all the New Year’s Six bowl games. Georgia could have some opt-outs, but this will be a game worth the time regardless.