Though Georgia Tech still needs one more win to become bowl eligible, it seems appropriate to list the various destinations and scenarios for the Yellow Jackets.
The ACC has numerous bowl tie-ins, and Tech could find itself, depending upon its karma, playing anywhere from Miami to Shreveport.
Here’s a roulette style look at the bowls (listed in order of date):
Orange Bowl, Jan. 3.
Georgia Tech vs. Auburn
How could this happen? Well, the Yellow Jackets would have to win the ACC. It may not seem likely, but keep in mind that Tech has yet to play its best game this season. Because there’s no longer any pressure, they could run the table and with a little luck make it back to sunny Florida.
Chick-fil-A Bowl, Dec. 31
Georgia Tech vs. Arkansas or Mississippi State
How could this happen? It likely wouldn’t, but there’s a caveat. The issue is, let’s say Tech makes it to the ACC championship game and loses. The Chick-fil-A Bowl would have to choose between the Yellow Jackets, who played in the game two years ago, or Virginia Tech, which played in it last year. That’s not a good choice for them to have to make. The bowl is supposed to take the ACC’s No. 2 team, but there are caveats that allow them to choose another team, depending upon various scenarios. That’s how the Hokies, and not ACC runner-up Clemson, ended up in Atlanta last season.
Sun Bowl, Dec. 31
Georgia Tech vs. California or Oregon State
How could this happen? This is a decent possibility, and who wouldn’t want to spend the holiday in El Paso, just minutes away from the serene Mexico border, where almost nothing negative has happened in the past few seconds.
Meineke Bowl, Dec. 31
Georgia Tech vs. a Big East team
How could this happen? This is another interesting possibility. The Big East is so jumbled up right now, the Yellow Jackets could face anyone from West Virginia to South Florida. Louisville or Rutgers are also contenders. New Year’s Eve in uptown Charlotte……bleah. (Note: it is called uptown, not downtown. Why? Because the city’s civic leaders though downtown had a negative connotation. I’m serious. It may have changed by now, but still…)
Music City Bowl, Dec. 30
Georgia Tech vs. Florida or Arkansas
How could this happen? Before the season, if you heard that the Yellow Jackets were going to play the Gators you would have assumed it was the Orange Bowl and that Florida had lost to Alabama in the SEC championship game. Of all the non-Miami cities, Nashville might be the most fun.
EagleBank or Military Bowl, Dec. 29
Georgia Tech vs. a Conference USA opponent
How could this happen? Of all the possibilities, this one may be the least intriguing. D.C. in late December? Pack your thermals. Conference USA…other than Chuck Oliver, I’m not sure anyone is excited about that possibility.
Champs Sports Bowl, Dec. 28
Georgia Tech vs. Big East
How could this happen? This might be the fans’ second choice. If you can’t be in Miami in late December, Orlando’s not a bad fallback.
Independence Bowl, Dec. 27
Georgia Tech vs. Air Force
How could this happen? Though this would likely be the fans’ last choice because of the volume of taunts thrown Georgia’s way during the past year, a matchup between the Yellow Jackets’ option and the Falcons’ option would be fun to watch.