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Bowl on: Georgia invited to Outback, Georgia Tech to Sun

Georgia gets to play in the sun, weather cooperating. Georgia Tech gets to play in the Sun.

The Bulldogs and the Yellow Jackets head south to go bowling. UGA will engage Michigan State on Jan. 2 in the Outback, straight outa Tampa, Fla. Two days earlier, Tech tangles with Utah in the Sun Bowl, which carries an El Paso, Tex., dateline.

Once the humiliation of Georgia's thwacking against LSU fades, Bulldogs Nation should find the matchup intriguing. The teams could not be closer in the final BCS rankings -- UGA is 16th, Sparty 17th. The Wolverines (10-3) ran out of bullets in a thrilling shootout with Wisconsin; otherwise, they would be Rose Bowl-bound.

The Dawgs, who opened the season with two losses, should be motivated to not close it in similar fashion.

The Jackets' foe hails from the Pac-12. Yes, you might have not noticed Utah's undistinguished debut in the conference. The Utes went 4-5 in it, 7-5 overall. Their latest game, a loss to three-win Colorado, was more embarassing than Georgia's. It ceased a four-game streak.

After its 0-2 start, Georgia should be delighted to work on a so-called New Year's Day bowl.

After some unappealing bowl trips in recent years -- including the 2005 Emerald Bowl, when they were pummeled by Utah -- Tech should welcome a cool host city.

For both schools, it could be better. Could also be a lot worse.


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