Update: 6:45 p.m.
It has now been announced that Georgia Tech will face UCF in the Gasparilla Bowl.
This will be the first time Georgia Tech has faced UCF since the very last game of the Geoff Collins era.
UCF finished the season 6-6 (3-6). In their first season in the Big 12, the Knights struggled against several teams, but managed to score an impressive 45-3 victory over Oklahoma State.
UCF runs the ball a whole lot better than Troy (which is bad), but their rush defense is among the worst in the country (which is good!). My initial thought that Georgia Tech can win, but they’ll need to find a way to contain UCF’s rushing attack.
Update: 6:05 p.m.
Well, Georgia Tech is not going to the Birmingham Bowl anymore. Instead, Tech will face a team to be determined in the Gasparilla Bowl.
The Gasparilla Bowl is still a Tier 2 bowl, but being in Tampa, it’s more of a travel opportunity for folks, so I guess it’s a step up?
For the first time since 2018, Georgia Tech is going bowling! And it’s a local one. Brett McMurphy is reporting that Georgia Tech will face Troy in the Birmingham Bowl on December 23. The game will be at noon ET on ABC.
Well, this was not the ideal situation for Georgia Tech. With Florida State getting left out of the College Football Playoff, all of the ACC teams got knocked down just a bit. But it still blows my mind that the team that finished in fourth place in the ACC is going to a Tier 2 bowl.
I expect a formal announcement in the coming hours, but McMurphy covers that below in his Tweet.
The ACC still hasn't held conference call w/bowl partners, sources told @ActionNetworkHQ. Teams available: Notre Dame, NC State, Louisville, Clemson, North Carolina, Miami & Virginia Tech. Bowls w/openings: Pop-Tarts, Gator, Holiday, Duke's Mayo, Pinstripe, Sun & Military— Brett McMurphy (@Brett_McMurphy) December 3, 2023
We’ll have more analysis later, but let’s take a brief look at Troy.
Troy comes into the game as the Sun Belt Champions, beating Appalachian State 49-23 yesterday. That leaves them standing at 11-2 with losses to James Madison and Kansas State.
As the stats show, Troy is noticeably bad at rushing the ball, which bodes well for the Yellow Jackets who have struggled to stop the run. The defense, on the other hand, have been very successful this season. My initial feeling about the game is that it could be pretty tough, but I’m excited about the prospect of finishing above .500 this season. Here’s hoping for a fun game!