Griffin has had arguably the worst experience of the seniors: He broke his leg in the 2007 Gator Bowl, a 38-35 loss to West Virginia, and had a fumble returned for a touchdown called back in last season's Chick-fil-A Bowl, a 38-3 loss to LSU.
And the seniors said they definitely don't want to go out with a loss in front of a national TV audience in the only BCS game that night.
"I don't know what the outcome will be, but as far as the attention to detail, it's night and day compared to last year," defensive line coach Giff Smith said about the team's preparation.
The seniors said they've enjoyed the bowl experiences: from seeing Alcatraz and Chinatown while preparing for the 2005 Emerald Bowl in San Francisco (Utah won 38-10), to tubing in Idaho before the 2007 Humanitarian Bowl (Fresno State won 40-28).
But nothing would beat the feeling of a win.
"I don't want to leave Georgia Tech without having won a bowl game," center Dan Voss said.
Every Tech player who appeared in a game this season remains in good academic standing after the fall semester and will be eligible to play in the Orange Bowl. ... Tech coach Paul Johnson said the team had a good week of practice. The Jackets are off Sunday and will practice once more on Monday before taking the holidays off. The team will resume practicing Dec. 28.