Monday, December 31, 2012
Sun Bowl predictions
By Ted Miller and Kevin Gemmell
The Pac-12 is 2-3 with three games remaining this bowl season. Yuck.
Up next is the Hyundai Sun Bowl pitting USC against Georgia Tech (2 p.m. ET, CBS).
After Ted Miller correctly picked Texas to beat Oregon State in the Valero Alamo Bowl, he moved one-up on Kevin Gemmell with a 68-27 record.
Kevin Gemmell: Is anyone else getting the impression that USC just wants to put 2012 behind them and move on? Still, the Trojans have far more talent than Georgia Tech on both sides of the ball and Max Wittek showed enough against Notre Dame that leads me to believe the Trojans should win. He’s not going to throw it in because this is his audition for next season. It’s been a bad start to the bowl season for the conference. But this is one that shouldn’t get away. Having a healthy Marqise Lee would be nice. But even if he can't go, the Trojan receivers should enjoy a nice game against a Georgia Tech defense that doesn’t get much pressure and doesn’t defend the pass particularly well. USC 41, Georgia Tech 27.
Ted Miller: Does USC, losers of four of five, care enough to show up with a focused effort today? That's the real question here. The Trojans are three touchdowns better than the Yellow Jackets, but that could said of a couple of teams the Trojans lost to this year. Slowing down Georgia Tech's option attack is all about assignment football. It's not the sort of thing an unfocused team does well. QB Matt Barkley will be in street clothes on the sidelines, so Max Wittek has a chance to step up and claim the pole position at QB for next fall. There seems to be some question about the health of Lee. The Yellow Jackets have their own problems, having lost strong safety Isaiah Johnson to a knee injury. I think USC fans should be plenty nervous about another embarrassing performance, but I'm going with the Trojans. Reluctantly. USC 30, Georgia Tech 24.