Sun Bowl Preview and Pick Against the Spread: Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets vs. Utah Utes
The Sun Bowl will be one of the better games on the New Year's eve slate that features the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets and the Utah Utes.
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This is a surprising move considering how poorly Utah has played this year. In the first year in the Pac 12 they were doormats of the league and lost an embarrassing game to Colorado to round out the season. So why are the odds makers posting such a low number in this game? It’s because this is a game that pits strength vs. strength.
The Yellow Jackets are all about running the ball and they rank third in the country in rushing offense. The Utes defense against the run is up to the task as they seventh in the nation against the running game. So when looking at stats this game is pretty close. The edge could be in bowl history as Georgia Tech’s head coach Paul Johnson has struggled in the college football post season.
In fact the Yellow Jackets have a six-game bowl losing streak. The Jackets have also struggled in special teams. This is form the ACC Blog at ESPN. Georgia Tech has had two field goals blocked (one returned for a touchdown), a fumbled punt return resulted in a Miami touchdown, kickoffs have been returned from deep in the end zone, and there have been two punts of less than 20 yards.
The Yellow Jackets are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 bowl games, 0-3-1 ATS in their last 4 games as a favorite, and 1-6-1 ATS in their last 8 games overall. The Utes are 11-5-1 ATS in their last 17 non-conference games and 36-15-1 ATS in their last 52 games as an underdog.
This is the last game for offensive coordinator Norm Chow and the players will look to win it for Chow and expect a big playbook with a bunch of trick plays that will pay off with a bowl win for Utah.