The Bulldogs last appearance in the game came in 2005, but this is the team’s first journey to New Orleans since 2002. The 2005 Sugar Bowl was played in the Georgia Dome due to the devastation suffered by New Orleans during Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath.
Georgia’s coaches and players know they will find a very different city than the one they left five years ago.
“I’m interested to see what it looks like,” Georgia head coach Mark Richt said. “I wouldn’t think it would look exactly the same. How could it?”’
The No. 4 Bulldogs (10-2) will play No. 10 Hawaii (12-0) at 8:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Louisiana Superdome. Georgia’s players and coaches will arrive in New Orleans this afternoon and will hold a brief practice in the Superdome this evening.
The Bulldogs, who are more than a touchdown favorite, will have a chance to end the only undefeated season left in major college football.
“Teams that are used to winning are just really tough to beat,” Richt said. “That’s all there is to it.”
The WAC champion Warriors are coached by former Atlanta Falcons head coach June Jones and lead the nation in scoring. The only question mark about Hawaii is its strength of schedule.
The only BCS conference school the Warriors have played this year is Washington, which finished last in the Pac-10 with a 4-9 record. Hawaii rallied from a 21-point deficit to beat the Huskies 35-28 in the final game of the regular season.
Georgia is “by far the best team we’ve played since I’ve been here,” Jones said. “They’ve got a lot of great athletes, a lot of team speed. We will have to play a perfect game to hang with them, but our guys are excited about going.”