Dec. 7, 2008
ATLANTA – After accepting an invitation to the 2008 Chick-fil-A Bowl on Wednesday, Georgia Tech (9-3) learned today that its opponent will be defending national champion LSU (7-5). The Yellow Jackets and Tigers will square off in the New Year’s Eve game at the Georgia Dome (7:30 p.m./ESPN) for the first time since the 2000 Chick-fil-A Bowl, a 28-14 LSU win behind 19 fourth-quarter points.
Tech moved up to No. 14 in the Associated Press poll today, its highest ranking since the week of Oct. 21, 2006, when it was ranked 13th. This is Tech’s third trip to the Chick-fil-A Bowl, formerly the Peach Bowl. The Jackets are 0-3 in those games, the last loss coming in 2000 against LSU.
Georgia Tech leads the all-time series with LSU 12-6, but that 2000 game was the first meeting between the two teams since 1963, Tech’s last year as a member of the Southeastern Conference. The Jackets, who already own wins over Mississippi State and Georgia, are looking to go 3-0 against SEC teams this season.
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About the Chick-fil-A Bowl:
The Chick-fil-A Bowl is the ninth-oldest bowl game in the country and hosts the longest-running rivalry series between the ACC and SEC. In the last 16 years, the ACC and SEC are tied at 8-8 with only one point separating the two conferences in total points (SEC: 323, ACC: 322). Ten of the last 16 games have been decided by a touchdown or less. The Chick-fil-A Bowl has disbursed more than $84 million in its 40-year history, ranking it 8th among all bowl games in cumulative payout. The Bowl also leads all other bowl games in charitable contributions, giving more than $1 million to organizations in need in 2007 alone. Included in the Chick-fil-A Bowl’s family of events are the Chick-fil-A College Kickoff, the country’s premier season kickoff game which matched #24 Alabama and #9 Clemson on Aug. 30; the Chick-fil-A Bowl Alma Mater at Reynolds Plantation, a head coach and celebrity golf tournament that generates $350,000 in scholarship for universities across the country and will be broadcast nationally by CBS on Dec. 25 at 2 p.m. (ET); and the Chick-fil-A Bowl Duck ‘N’ Dodge charity dodgeball tournament played each April.