Today's Bowls

December 29, 2005|By ORLANDO SENTINEL

Emerald Bowl

Georgia Tech (7-4) vs. Utah (6-5)

WHERE -- SBC Park, San Francisco

TIME -- 4:30 p.m.

TV -- ESPN

KEY STATS -- Georgia Tech is 10th nationally in total defense at 296.4 yards per game. Utah is 12th nation ally in total offense at 466.0 yards per game.

ABOUT GEORGIA TECH -- This is the ninth consecutive bowl appear ance for the Yellow Jackets. WR Cal vin Johnson may be the most talent ed player at his position in the na tion, but he suffers from having to play with inconsistent QB Reggie Ball, who can look like an All-Ameri can and a bad high school player on the same drive.

ABOUT UTAH -- JC transfer Brett Ratliff will make his second career start; he led the Utes to an upset of BYU in relief of Brian Johnson, lost for the season Nov. 12 with a knee in jury. It's vital that RB Quinton Ganther(102.0 ypg) runs well, or Tech will overwhelm Ratliff.

THE BUZZ -- Utah's defense has been porous at times, and if Tech runs effectively (say, 150 yards), it's going to win.

THE LINE -- Georgia Tech by 8 1/2

THE PICK -- Georgia Tech, 27-17

Holiday Bowl

Oklahoma (7-4) vs. Oregon (10-1)

WHERE -- Qualcomm Stadium, San Diego.

TIME -- 8

TV -- ESPN

KEY STATS -- Oklahoma is fifth in the nation in rushing defense at 91.2 yards per game. Oregon is sixth in the nation in passing offense at 310.1 yards per game.

ABOUT OKLAHOMA -- TB Adrian Peterson has battled injuries, but he is still the key guy for the Sooners' of fense. QB Rhett Bomar has struggled most of the season and the Sooners have just nine TD passes.

ABOUT OREGON -- The Ducks, whose only loss was to USC, are peeved they're not in the Fiesta Bowl. If they want to win this, they will focus on shutting down Peterson because Bomar is not going to beat them with his arm.

THE BUZZ -- OU beat Oregon, 31-7, in the 2004 season-opener in Nor man, Okla. This Oregon team is much better than last season's.

THE LINE -- Oregon by 3.

THE PICK -- Oregon, 24-16.

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