Georgia Tech vs. Utah
Dec. 31, 2 p.m. ET, CBS
At El Paso, Texas
This is why bowl games are great. As is the case here, one of two teams that limp into the westernmost corner of Texas will leave with a re-written final chapter to their season.
Then again, you’ve got the Yellow Jackets (8-4), who have lost their last six bowl games, so this might not be the best idea. Aw heck, it’s worth a shot to wipe away the memories of a 31-17 loss at home to archrival Georgia, which was GT’s fourth setback in its last six games.
On the other sideline, there’s the Utes (7-5), who as it turned out needed just to beat Colorado at home to punch their ticket to the inaugural Pac-12 championship game in their first season in the league. But lo and behold, the fellow Pac-12-newbie Buffaloes were allowed to break a nasty 24-game road losing streak with a 17-14 victory in Salt Lake City.
We can’t envision Utah, which ranks last in the Pac-12 in total offense (and 110th nationally), keeping pace with the Yellow Jackets, who led the ACC in scoring (35 points per game), total offense (460 yards per game) and rushing offense (317).
Opening point spread: Georgia Tech by 3
The pick: Georgia Tech 34-23
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How about we start off the morning with something positive for a change?
As the Bowling Green caravan was driving back from Saturday’s game against Buffalo, a woman in front of the school’s four bus swerved and her vehicle hit the center divider on the Interstate in Northeast Ohio. Shortly thereafter, the vehicle burst into flames.
That’s when Dino Babers, BGSU’s head coach, and trainer Chelsea Lowe jumped into action. From the Toledo Blade:
The bus driver asked for permission to stop the bus, and I gave it to him — but I told him not to stop the other three buses,” Babers said. “Then he asked to go check out the car and see if the driver was hurt.
“I told him no, because if he was hurt there wouldn’t be anyone to drive the bus home.”
So that first BG bus, which was unaffected by the crash, stopped a short distance away, and Babers and Lowe went to the car.
“The closer we got to the car, the clearer we could see smoke billowing,” Lowe said. “We knew whoever was in the car wasn’t just going to walk away and have everything be OK.
Baber and Lowe were able to pull the 25-year-old woman away from the vehicle, and stayed with her until police and fire personnel arrived on the scene. The coach was even able to go back to the burning vehicle and retrieve the woman’s purse and keys.
As for Babers motivation in acting the way he did, read the Blade‘s account of the incident. It’ll be well worth your time.
For those looking for a change under center Between the Hedges, think again.
In Georgia’s first loss Saturday, Alabama harassed and harangued Greyson Lambert into a miserable day. The Virginia graduate transfer completed just 10-of-24 passes for 86 yards and an interception in the rain-soaked 38-10 home beatdown.
While some wondered whether UGA would pull the trigger and promote backup Brice Ramsey for the Week 6 game against Tennessee, offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer indicated that no change at the position is on the horizon — and that Ramsey would still get his opportunities.
“It’s no secret we plan on playing Brice in every game,” Schottenheimer said. “Greyson doesn’t need to look over his shoulder because Brice is going to play. …
“We believe in competition. Greyson doesn’t need to go look over his shoulder in terms of who is starting the game. He needs to worry about moving the team. He knows Brice is going to come in at some point. Nothing has changed. The rotation is what it is.”
If you were just going off the most recent tape, Ramsey’s play actually made it an easy decision for the staff to stick with status quo. Inserted in an attempt to breathe some life into a limp offense, Ramsey completed 3-of-6 passes, although two of those completions went to Tide defenders.