Georgia Tech, despite playing a triple-option style that aims to eat clock and wear down opposing defenses, only ranks 61st nationally in time of possession. This will also be an opportunity for Tech to go 3-0 vs. the SEC this year, having beaten Vanderbilt and Georgia in the regular season.
The Jackets will face Kentucky for the 20th time overall but the first time since 1960.
The bowl reps were impressed enough with the Yellow Jackets to pick them and have them play the third SEC East opponent of the year after Tech defeated Vanderbilt and Georgia.
Jacksonville taxpayers will have to fork out $415,000 to install temporary seats for the upcoming TaxSlayer bowl. The priority deadline to request bowl tickets is Monday, Dec. 5 at 4 p.m. Seating will be allocated by K Fund priority point ranking with priority given to 2016 football season ticket holders.
The Kentucky Wildcats finished this season with a 7-5 record and will serve as the Southeastern Conference representative.
Tech athletic director Todd Stansbury was likewise eager to bring the team to north Florida. "We're also excited about the opportunity to play Georgia Tech, an outstanding team that will be a great challenge". "We are building a program and playing in a bowl this prominent is an important step in that process".
"Anybody who knows anything about college football knows Coach Johnson and the success that he's had and the difficulties that it is of defending that offense and what they do as a whole team", Stoops said.
Georgia Tech reversed course from a 3-9 record in 2015 after making the ACC title game and then winning the Orange Bowl over Mississippi State the previous season. Paul Johnson is in his ninth season as head coach of the Yellow Jackets. "We have a lot of respect for Coach Stoops and Kentucky and look forward to a great trip to Jacksonville and a great game", said Head Coach Paul Johnson.
It will be the final game for Georgia Tech quarterback Justin Thomas.
Kentucky: RB Stanley Williams, 1,135 yards rushing, seven touchdowns.
Georgia Tech (8-4, 4-4 ACC) has won three-straight and five of its last six games, including wins at ACC Coastal Division champion and 18th-ranked Virginia Tech (30-20 on November 12) and archrival Georgia (28-27 on November 26).
Kentucky: First appearance in the Taxslayer (formerly Gator) Bowl; 16th bowl appearance in school history.
"It is a great honor to be selected to participate in the TaxSlayer Bowl".
The official announcement on the tier of bowls that includes the TaxSlayer wil come late Sunday afternoon.
The UK Ticket Office is now accepting ticket requests for the TaxSlayer Bowl from both season-ticket holders and the general public.
David Boree, chairman of the TaxSlayer Bowl, announced today that the University of Kentucky will play Georgia Tech in the Saturday, Dec. 31, 2016 TaxSlayer Bowl.