The announcement was made Sunday by the ACC. TaxSlayer Bowl president Rick Catlett said Thursday that
Tech and Miami were at the top of its list
, citing the Jackets' closing run and Jacksonville's relative proximity to Atlanta as reasons for its preference for Tech. When the Russell Athletic Bowl, selecting ahead of the Tier One bowls, went with Miami, TaxSlayer officials had their choice made for them.
Tech will play Kentucky in the Dec. 31 game at EverBank Field, home to the Jacksonville Jaguars and, since 1946, the Gator Bowl. The game has been known as the TaxSlayer Bowl since 2014.