The Trojans began the season ranked No. 1 in some polls, and many had them set on a BCS National Championship. Matt Barkley and crew were unable to live up to the hype, and now they're looking to salvage anything from their disappointing season. As Conquest Chronicles wrote earlier this month, many at USC just view this game as extra practice for some of their underclassmen.
As for the Yellow Jackets, their triple-option offensive attack led them to another mediocre season in the ACC. After dropping a heartbreaker in the 2011 Sun Bowl, they are looking to make a statement against another Pac-12 foe this time around. Georgia Tech features a losing record of 6-7, and they had to apply for a postseason waiver in order to make the game.
Most pundits feel USC will have their way against the Jackets and their inconsistent defense, but as From The Rumble Seat wrote, it appears Tech has begun making some adjustments to their defensive scheme in recent weeks.
Game date and time
December 31, 2:00 p.m. ET
Sun Bowl, El Paso, Texas
The Trojans are favored by 9 1/2 points, according to Odds Shark. The over-under for set at 66 points, although some books have dropped the line to 64.
USC: 710 KSPN
Georgia Tech: 790 WQZI-AM The Zone, 106.7 FM
Last year’s game
In what was a crazy overtime game, Utah defeated Georgia Tech, 30-27.
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