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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