I don't necessarily dread it because of missing the family event, as we have relatively few important family events after Christmas, so the better the bowl game, the less likely I am to have to miss an event. I dread it because she is really asking me what bowl game I think we'll play in.
At least that is the way I perceive it.
As it is, I'm pretty lucky with my wife's enjoyment of, and tolerance for, attending away games. I'll miss Auburn, but that'll be my first miss this season. Still, there are logistical issues to deal with for any game that isn't in Atlanta, Jacksonville, Orlando, or Tampa (or Nashville, now that I think about it, but I'd really rather not).
By my view, Georgia is playing on New Year's Day or after. Right now, ESPN's Schlabach and Edwards have Georgia in the Capital One and Outback bowls, respectively. I can see Capital One. I can't see Outback. Edwards has South Carolina jumping T
So, where will Georgia play, assuming we win out, but don't win in Atlanta (not saying we can't; just looking at most likely scenarios to keep from having to do a breakdown or a homerific analysis)?
Cotton: I just don't see it. With the Cotton's built in preference for West teams, I don't see any way either LSU or Texas A&M don't play there. For that matter, if a Texas A&M v. Texas match-up is possible, I don't see LSU going.
Peach or Gator: Lose to Auburn and Tech.*
Outback: Win the East, but lose to Tech and 'Bama. Or get ramhammered in the SECCG. Other stuff can happen, but I think South Carolina will lose to Clemson, so the Sugar and Capital One would have to take a three loss South Carolina over either a 1-2 loss Florida and a 2 loss Georgia. I just don't see it.
Capital One: This is where I think we end up, absent an overtime game or last second 'Bama victory in Atlanta. It isn't that the Dawgs won't be deserving of a BCS bid as much as it is the Dawgs will have the 'don't show up in big games' thing around their neck. The last thing the Sugar Bowl wants is a possible blow out on their hands in prime time on January 2nd (see the 2012 Orange Bowl).
Sugar: Win out the regular season. Play a complete game in Atlanta, but lose a close one to Alabama. It is still possible the Sugar Bowl takes another SEC team (Florida, if they beat ACC champ FSU, South Carolina, if they beat ACC champ Clemson, or LSU, because the Sugar Bowl committee loves titty showing grannies), but I think they'll pick Georgia, especially if they think they can get a Clemson vs. Georgia game or a re-match of the 1981 game.
For my purposes, I'd love to go to New Orleans and would rate that trip just below missing the birth of my first child, but way above missing the birth of my fourth (because once you've seen one, you can bluff your way around all the rest). For logistics sake, the three other possibles are much easier, but way less fun.
Of course, if we win in Atlanta....
* That isn't to say Georgia wouldn't fall to there even if we win out and lose a close game to Alabama. I'm just saying the only way Georgia is guaranteed to play in one of those two is if we lose to Auburn and Tech.