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The bowl officials in Atlanta rewarded Georgia Tech for an outstanding season in Paul Johnson's first year as head coach. While they didn't play for the ACC title this season, the Yellow Jackets were arguably the hottest team in the league a week ago after their win over rival Georgia. LSU finished its season with back-to-back losses for the first time since 2002, and doesn't much resemble the 2007 national champs.
It takes a disciplined defense to stop Johnson's triple option offense, and LSU was No. 11 in the SEC in scoring defense. Georgia Tech was one of the more complete teams in the ACC this season, as it was productive on both sides of the ball. The Jackets, led by Jonathan Dwyer, led the ACC with 282.3 rushing yards per game, but also proved capable of throwing the ball if they need to. Safety Morgan Burnett led the nation in interceptions, and the veteran defensive line is comprised of players who are all likely to go onto successful careers in the NFL. The Tigers are 4-0 in this bowl game, but Georgia Tech leads the series 12-6.