tBBC Preview: Sun Bowl – Georgia Tech vs. USC

Written December 30th, 2012 by Janelle

Southern Cal (7-5, 5-4 Pac-12) vs Georgia Tech (6-7, 5-3 ACC)

Mon, Dec 31 2:00 PM ET CBS

The History: Did you know that the Sun Bowl, the Sugar Bowl, and the Orange Bowl are the second-oldest bowl games in the country (behind the Rose Bowl)?  The first three Sun Bowl games were played at El Paso High School Stadium (1935-1937). The next 24 were played at Kidd Stadium until 1963.  After that, the game was moved to it’s current venue, Sun Bowl Stadium.  Hyundai, the fourth sponsor of the Sun Bowl, holds a contract to sponsor it through this year’s game.  The Sun Bowl has the third selection after the BCS from the Pac-12 and either the ACC Championship Game runner-up or the third pick after the BCS from the ACC.  It is one of only two college football games on CBS that does not involve the SEC.

Georgia Tech Scouting Report: Georgia Tech comes into the Sun Bowl with a 6-7 record after losing the ACC Championship Game to Florida State 21-15.  They had to get a petition from the NCAA to be able to play in a bowl game after finishing with a below .500 record and therefore, they are looking to prove that they belong in this game.  Quarterback Tevin Washington will be the key for the Yellow Jackets.  USC’s defense gave up 24.6 points per game and allowed quarterbacks to throw for 18 touchdowns. If Washington can get some rhythm, Georgia Tech will have a chance.  Additionally, the Yellow Jackets need to put lots of pressure on Max Wittek or Matt Barkley.

Buckeye Connection: The Buckeyes have never faced off against the Yellow Jackets on the gridiron. That may change, if conference expansion rumors are correct. Read More