Tech’s history in the Gator Bowl is a long one, featuring seven previous games and a number of very impressive performances by some of Tech’s finest players. Joe Hamilton quarterbacked the Jackets to two straight appearances in 1999 and 2000, beating Notre Dame in the first matchup and losing to Miami in what was his final career game on the Flats. Tech wouldn’t be back until 2007 in the game that officially ushered in the Paul Johnson era, a blown 18-point lead to West Virginia that featured a 186-yard, 2-touchdown performance by Calvin Johnson. Hopefully Tech can snap that two-game losing streak which dates back to the previous century this time around.
Not only will Georgia Tech’s trip to the TaxSlayer Bowl give the team a chance at going 3-0 versus the SEC, but it will also allow the team to walk away with some nice bowl freebies courtesy of TaxSlayer. The overall bundle that the Jackets will get for their trip to Jacksonville is relatively weak, but it does feature one of the most unique items of all in the form of a customized bobblehead tailor made to represent each Tech player. Outside of that, everyone will get a Fossil watch, some Under Armour sunglasses, a carry-on bag, and a football. Those better be some hand-carved bobbleheads when folks in the Hawaii Bowl are getting an electronics gift suite.
There are generally some really unique things being awarded by the bowls, but this season feels lacking in this regard. Some of the highlights:
- Amazon Echo Dot from the Heart of Dallas Bowl
- A “variety of New Era products” from the Pinstripe Bowl
- A “variety of Russell Athletic products” from the Russell Athletic Bowl (just kidding, the two teams would be no-shows)
- An ESPN beanie from the Birmingham Bowl, for some reason
- A “red, inflatable ‘big-lazy’ couch” from the Arizona Bowl
- The Goodyear Cotton Bowl wouldn’t disclose their gifts. Yeah, you’re getting tires.
By the way, Todd Gurley is a Georgia Tech fan.
Zach Laskey and Todd Gurley lost a bet. Hahaha pic.twitter.com/2BwAR9OTpj— BuzzTalkRadio (@BuzzTalkRadio) December 2, 2016
He actually lost a bet to teammate Zach Laskey, but I’m pretty sure he likes this better anyway. There’s been an article circulating about him called “In the midst of awful season, Todd Gurley looks in mirror” and I like to imagine that this is what he saw.