Outback Bowl 2012: Georgia, Michigan State Meet In Runners-Up Fest

The SEC runner-up Georgia Bulldogs will play the Big Ten runner-up Michigan St. Spartans in the 2011 Outback Bowl. The two teams last met in 2008, right across the state in the Capital One.

AJC UGA@ajcuga Michigan State AD says at football banquet tonight it's UGA vs. MSU in Outback, according to tweet by MSU alumni assoc. official.    

The Outback Bowl is played annually at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa Bay, home of the NFL's Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The Outback Bowl is not the first bowl game in Tampa however, as the Cigar Bowl was played in downtown Tampa from 1947-1954. Originally the bowl was called the Hall of Fame Bowl from 1986-1994 before Outback Steakhouse became the title sponsor. The game regularly matches up the Big Ten against the SEC and is typically played on January 1st, but will be played on Monday this year because it falls on a Sunday.

The game will be broadcast live on ABC and will be called by part of the Monday Night Football crew, Mike Tirico, Jon Gruden & Lisa Salters.

Game date, time:1:00 pm ET, Monday, January 2nd

Location: Tampa, Florida

TV channel: ABC

2010 winner and loser: Florida, Penn State

For more on each bowl game as it’s announced, stay tuned to SB Nation’s 2011 college football bowl game bids coverage. And visit our many college football blogs.

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