The Georgia Bulldogs (9-3), who finished 13th in the last AP Poll, will travel to Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, North Carolina to participate in the Belk Bowl on December 30th. Georgia will battle the Louisville Cardinals (9-3), who enjoyed a successful first season as a member of the Atlantic Coast Conference. Georgia entered this season with championship aspirations, but injuries and allegations derailed an initially promising start. Georgia played without running back and Heisman trophy hopeful, Todd Gurley II for nearly half of their season. The NCAA launched an investigation to determine whether Gurley accepted money for autographs and suspended him indefinitely. Once the ban was lifted, Gurley tore his ACL and his season was over. Freshman running back Nick Chubb filled in admirably for Gurley, rushing for 1,281 yards and 12 touchdowns. Georgia even made a late run at the SEC East title by defeating eventual champion Missouri, 34-0 and Auburn 34-7, but early season losses to South Carolina and Florida did not help their case. The post-Andy Murray Era did not go as smoothly as fans had hoped. Quarterback Hutson Mason played erratically and only compiled 2,019 passing yards. Georgia essentially became a one-dimensional offense that relied on its running backs to make plays. Luckily for Georgia fans, it had some of the better running backs in the SEC. While the Belk Bowl may seem like a disappointing last game for this proud university, fans will pay above average prices for this match-up.
According to TiqIQ, the average ticket price for Georgia vs. Louisville is currently $127.32 on the secondary market while the get-in price for the game is $42. The average is down 22.1% since the matchup was announced. It is currently the second most expensive Belk Bowl on the secondary market since 2011.
While Georgia is a more-established and well-known program, it enters this match-up with a less-experienced roster. Louisville’s roster is very senior-laden and won nine games in its first year as a member of the ACC. Georgia’s defense, which is yielding just 334.8 total yards per game, will have its hands full against Louisville’s array of playmakers. Louisville also won an emotional game at Notre Dame to cement its legitimacy as a Power-5 Conference program.
While fans can expect to pay top prices to attend the Belk Bowl, a matchup between these two teams should be exciting. Louisville has the opportunity to win ten games for the third straight season. Georgia’s relatively young roster will look to build towards next season.