Tonight's game

College Football

December 21, 2004|By Orlando Sentinel

Champs Sports Bowl

Georgia Tech (6-5) vs. Syracuse (6-5)

Where: Citrus Bowl, Orlando.

Time, TV: 7:30 p.m., ESPN

Key stats: Georgia Tech is 14th in the nation in total defense, allowing 299.5 yards per game. Syracuse is 104th in the nation in passing offense.

About Georgia Tech: Tech's best player on offense is WR Calvin Johnson, who could have a big night against Syracuse's suspect secondary. Defense is the Yellow Jackets' calling card, with LBs Gerris Wilkinson and Chris Reis, SS James Butler and E Eric Henderson the guys to watch. Tech has held six opponents under 85 rushing yards.

About Syracuse: It's all about the run for the Orange (190.4 rushing yards per game). TBs Walter Reyes and Damian Rhodes are the 1-2 punch.

The buzz: Run defense will determine the outcome. Neither team wants to throw, but at least Tech can make some plays in the air.

The line: Georgia Tech by 4 1/2 .

The pick: Georgia Tech, 23-17. -

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