USC will meet Georgia Tech in Hyundai Sun Bowl
Selection Sunday was anticlimactic, for the most part, with the games of interest predetermined before ESPN went on the air Sunday night. The BCS championship game participants were already common knowledge, and Southern California’s bowl destination had been rumored for a week.
While Notre Dame and Alabama are set for a championship game collision in January, USC will pack its bags for El Paso Texas in late December. The Trojans accepted an invitation to the Hyundai Sun Bowl, where they will meet Georgia Tech of the ACC.
Southern California (7-5) re-enters the bowl scene after a forced two-year hiatus. It’s the program’s first appearance in this game since a 28-19 loss to TCU in 1998, and will mark the third Sun Bowl appearance for the Trojans overall. Georgia Tech (6-7) appears for a second straight year, after falling to Utah in overtime last December. The Yellow Jackets are making their 15th consecutive bowl appearance, which is the fourth-longest active streak.
USC and Georgia Tech have met just three times prior, with the last occurrence in 1973. The Trojans hold a 2-1 edge in the series. The Yellow Jackets are the designated home team, which will put the Trojans in their road white jerseys. The game will be played on Monday, December 31, with the kickoff set for 11 am PST.