No. 5 Georgia and No. 15 Texas are set to meet in the Allstate Sugar Bowl in 45 minutes, as of this writing. Both tradition-rich schools brought their animal mascots with them to New Orleans for the game, a living example of everything that’s right with the bowl system when everything lines up correctly.
The powers that be from both schools tried to get Georgia’s bulldog Uga and Texas’ steer Bevo together for a pre-game photo op, but the thing about animals is that they have minds of their own.
This video from the Austin American-Statesman‘s Danny Davis shows Bevo trying to give Uga the business end of his own long horns.
Here’s another angle shot by ESPN cameras, courtesy SB Nation’s Wescott Eberts.
Here’s a skycam view from SB Nation’s Richard Johnson.
You can turn the sound on in this clip to hear ESPN’s Chris Fowler and Kirk Herbstreit provide play-by-play and analysis from their Rose Bowl broadcast.
Finally, a view from the rafters, complete with commentary from an off-screen Texas fan.
Thankfully, no humans, bovines or canines were injured in the scuffle.
Texas enters the game as a decided underdog, so perhaps their mascot’s fury will serve as a metaphor for the Longhorns’ performance tonight. On the flip side, maybe Georgia’s Bulldogs will mount up to defend their namesake’s honor. Or perhaps maybe it’s just a meeting of animals that went wrong, because cows and dogs weren’t meant to mingle on the artificial turf of a domed stadium surrounded by the flashing lights of cameras and the altercation will have no impact on the game.