With the Georgia Tech football team being just one win away from becoming bowl eligible for the 17th straight season, and an ACC Championship game appearance pretty much out of the question, it’s time to take a look at some bowl possibilities as well as teams the Jackets could end up facing.
With so many teams in the ACC currently ranked in the Top 25, the bowl games that Georgia Tech could receive an invitation to may not be as large as hoped. But if the Jackets stay on course and finish with eight or nine wins–which is very achievable–then some of the more prominent bowls still could come calling.
The Jackets are 3-7 in their last 10 bowl appearances, which could possibly hurt their chances at being invited to a few of the games, but finishing strong this season can remedy that poor stat.
Here are some projections:
Hyundai Sun Bowl: The Yellow Jackets played in this bowl the last two seasons, and could be going for the trifecta this year. It’s not one of the premier bowls, but has started to attract a lot more attention. The Jackets beat up on a discouraged USC team last season, winning 21-7, and lost a close one to Utah in 2011, 30-27.
Number of appearances: 3 (1-2)
Possible opponents: Arizona State, Oregon State, UCLA
Chick-Fil-A Bowl: If the Yellow Jackets can win out and finish with nine wins, then the CFA Bowl is an absolute possibility. This has become the premier non-BCS bowl in the country, and is also the most-watched. A successful appearance in this bowl would be a recruiting bonus for the Jackets.
Number of appearances: 4 (0-4)
Possible opponents: Georgia, Texas A&M, Missouri
Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl: This is one of the relatively new bowl games (started in 1998) but has quickly gained some recognition and had some very well-played games. Tech has never played in this now ACC-SEC matchup, so it would be one more to add to the Jackets’ already impressive list of bowl games.
Number of appearances: 0
Possible opponents: Ole Miss, Georgia, Tennessee
AdvoCare V100 Bowl: The former Independence Bowl would end up being a consolation bowl for the Yellow Jackets if they only managed six or maybe seven wins to close out the season. It’s another ACC-SEC clash, but nowhere near as visible as the other bowls. It could still be a worthwhile game, but most fans would feel disappointed if Tech ended up in this game.
Number of appearances: 1 (0-1)
Possible opponents: Vanderbilt, Georgia, Tennessee
Belk Bowl: This is a bowl game that was started in 2002 and has already had four different names. If the Jackets finish with only six wins and the rest of the ACC gets grabbed up by better bowls, this stinker would be Tech’s last resort. Playing the AAC in a bowl nobody watches will not bring much in terms of recruits to the Flats.
Number of appearances: 0
Possible opponents: Any six-win AAC team.