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Predictions 101 — Sun Bowl

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USC vs. Georgia Tech
Mon., Dec. 31 — 2 p.m. ET, CBS
El Paso, Texas — Sun Bowl

Back in August, Lane Kiffin voted his team at No. 1. He wasn’t alone, but he was the only one lying about it.

USC players had cornered the market on swagger and Trojans fans were busy researching travel arrangements for an early-January trip to Miami.

The reality of December is quite different and Trojan linebacker Tony Burnett’s Twitter account spoke the truth before being deleted.

USC (7-5) is expecting to regain the services of senior quarterback Matt Barkley, who was sidelined for the Notre Dame game with a shoulder injury, but what it really needs is quality leadership from the sidelines and coaching booth.

Georgia Tech (6-7) has the honor of being the final college team to slice though Monte Kiffin’s defense. Lane’s dad finally “got resigned” last month.

With their losing record, the Yellow Jackets required a waiver to play in this bowl game, but amazingly enough they were closer to a BCS berth than USC. Georgia Tech hung tough in the ACC title game and gave Florida State all it could handle.

Historically, the Trojans have had great difficulty finding the proper motivation for bowl games not played in Pasadena or at the BCS level. USC’s previous two trips to El Paso in 1990 and 1998 were unmitigated disasters.

The Trojans, who have dropped four of their last five games, won’t have the desire and dedication required to deal with the relentless Yellow Jacket attack.

Opening point spread: USC by 10 1/2

The pick: Georgia Tech 31-28

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11 Responses to “Predictions 101 — Sun Bowl”
  1. timh1955 says: Dec 6, 2012 10:15 PM

    I love it! I hope Tech beats them a lot worse than that. USC was SO cocky in August and thought they were the greatest team in the history of college football but they turned out to be pathetic. Couldn’t happen to a better team with the worst coach in college football. He will be gone this time next year and the USC people will see why the SEC hates him so much. The only thing he has done well is he is married to a hot wife.

  2. tttrojan4life says: Dec 6, 2012 10:58 PM

    “Relentless Yellow Jacket attack.” THEY ARE 6-7?!?!?!?!??!?!?!?


  3. cardsfan14 says: Dec 6, 2012 11:40 PM

    SC 45 GT. 21 Too much talent on SC

  4. magoopaintrock says: Dec 6, 2012 11:43 PM

    I’m still waiting for USC to play Oregon for the second time.

  5. lanjoith says: Dec 6, 2012 11:52 PM

    GT is going to get murdered.

  6. uscatjerseyshore says: Dec 7, 2012 12:39 AM

    @magoopaintrock says:

    I’m still waiting for USC to play Oregon for the second time.

    Duckies: 4 in a row, 4 in a row, 4 in a row….. AND we’re booked for Miami.

    Sorry ducks …. the counter has been reset to zero and hope you’re able to get refunds on that airfare to Miami…..

  7. woebegong says: Dec 7, 2012 5:47 AM

    I am going to be on the edge of my seat, just waiting for this game to start.

  8. papabush88 says: Dec 7, 2012 1:47 PM


    Isn’t it a little bit pathetic that you’re rooting for a team to lose and not for your own team to win?

    I understand your issues with Lane Kiffin, but why USC? You’re not helping your cause of rooting against USC because they are USC…looks like jealousy to others.

    With that said, I wouldn’t be surprised if this game was super close. As the article stated, USC doesn’t care much if they’re not in the Rose Bowl or another BCS bowl.

    Nothing wrong with being cocky either. In today’s America, the increase of liberalism has told us that confidence is now arrogance/being cocky. Being proud of your country is now being militaristic/imperialistic. Being religious/spiritual is now homophobic/crazy fundamentalist. And being wealthy isn’t because you have good financial habits, but because you are greedy.

    Cocky is better than being passive. Fight On!

  9. freemantowilliams says: Dec 8, 2012 9:36 AM

    Gonna be a good game. Like a I said in a previous strory USC defense is gonna have a tough time with that triple option. With that being said gt gonna have problems with lee & woods. This has all the right ingredients for a shoot out. Think USC Oregon earlier this year

  10. woebegong says: Dec 8, 2012 10:12 AM

    USC has a good deal of time to prepare for the triple option offense. UGA has done it, even through their very lean years, on a consistent basis. If all boils down to if Kiffin can coach them up, as his DC is gone now. Defense was USC’s really glaring problem area this year, and they did not do well against fast offenses. That should give GT the advantage, but the USC offense should have a banner day against GT’s anemic defense, so it could end up being a high scoring game.
    My guess says Kiffin will continue to prove that as a head coach, he is more bluster than good HC material, and GT pulls out a victory, by controlling the game time, which keeps the USC offense off the field, and Techs. defense off the field. If GT doesn’t do that, it could turn into a massacre with USC rolling over Tech. Don’t forget, GT lost to a FCS school, with that same offense earlier in the year and are coming in the game with a 6-7 record.

  11. timh1955 says: Dec 8, 2012 5:08 PM


    You are right and my difference is with Kiffin and not USC. I apologize.

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