TaxSlayer Gator Bowl Odds And Prediction

Oct 29, 2016; Atlanta, GA, USA; Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets quarterback Justin Thomas (5) celebrates a touchdown run against the Duke Blue Devils in the second quarter at Bobby Dodd Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports
Oct 29, 2016; Atlanta, GA, USA; Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets quarterback Justin Thomas (5) celebrates a touchdown run against the Duke Blue Devils in the second quarter at Bobby Dodd Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports /
TaxSlayer Gator Bowl
Nov 26, 2016; Louisville, KY, USA; The Louisville Cardinals celebrate with the Governor /

TaxSlayer Gator Bowl Odds And Prediction

We have made it to the New Year’s bowls, with the first one taking place Friday night. New Year’s Eve features four games, including the two semifinal games. It promises to be a wild night! But first, there are still two morning bowls! The Buffalo Wild Wings Citrus Bowl and the TaxSlayer Gator Bowl.

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TaxSlayer Gator Bowl
Oct 8, 2016; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets running back Marcus Marshall (34) carries the ball past Pittsburgh Panthers defensive back Ryan Lewis (38) during the first quarter Heinz Field. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports /

Kentucky vs. Georgia Tech(-3.5) at Jacksonville, FL(3): 

Kentucky(7-5, 4-4 SEC):

Wins: vs. New Mexico State(62-42), vs. South Carolina(17-10), vs. Vanderbilt(20-13), vs. Mississippi State(40-38), at Missouri(35-21), vs. Austin Peay(49-13), at Louisville(41-38)

Losses: vs. Southern Mississippi(35-44), at Florida(7-45), at Alabama(6-34), vs. Georgia(24-27), at Tennessee(36-49)

Record vs. bowl teams: 4-5

A slow start nearly doomed Mark Stoops early in the year, but strong showings against a few mid-level SEC teams saved him. Then there is the little thing about beating Louisville, which this year seemed a little bigger due to the hype surrounding the Cardinals and their electric quarterback. Stephen Johnson proved to be a solid leader of the offense, but Kentucky’s true strength was running the ball with their pair of thousand yard rushers, Boom Williams and Benny Snell. Lost in the slow start was the strides that the defense made this year. Now the real question: can they stop an option?

Georgia Tech(8-4, 4-4 ACC):

Wins: vs. Boston College(17-14), vs. Mercer(35-10), vs. Vanderbilt(38-7), vs. Georgia Southern(35-24), vs. Duke(38-35), at Virginia Tech(30-20), vs. Virginia(31-17), at Georgia(28-27)

Losses: vs. Clemson(7-26), vs. Miami(FL)(21-35), at Pittsburgh(34-37), at North Carolina(20-48)

Record vs. bowl teams: 4-4

Georgia Tech struggled with high powered offenses. A lot of that had to do with the team not being built to participate in a high scoring game. They run the ball – very well – and play defense. The Yellow Jackets have been a college football throwback for several years now, but they have yet to really make a dent in the hierarchy. Justin Thomas is a capable passer, so it’s not like the Bees are lame ducks if they get behind. They just better not get far behind.


This looks to be a game with a whole lot of running going on. Neither team has a prolific passing attack. They would prefer to pound you into submission. The ability of Kentucky to harness Justin Thomas will make all the difference here. The Wildcats did a good job with Lamar Jackson, but Louisville’s lack of a consistent run game helped them out. Tech can run with the best of them.

Pick: Georgia Tech

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