Georgia Tech will play Minnesota’s Golden Gophers Wednesday in the 2018 Quick Lane Bowl (5:15, ESPN) in Detroit.
It will be the Jackets’ third game in the state of Michigan in their 126-season history.
Tech leads the nation with 334.9 rushing yards per game this season. Minnesota’s defense, meanwhile, ranks 118th nationally in yards allowed per carry (5.22).
Here are five things to watch for in Paul Johnson’s final game coaching the Jackets:
• Georgia Tech and Minnesota rank among the youngest FBS teams in terms of percentage of underclassmen on their rosters. The Jackets have 80 underclassmen — 56 of them freshmen — and the Gophers have 79 (60 freshmen, 19 sophomores).
• Tech needs 428 rushing yards to break the school record for most rushing yards per game in a season. The current record of 342.07 was set in 2014.
• Tech is playing a Big Ten opponent for the first time since facing Iowa in the Orange Bowl in 2010. They are 1-2 against the conference in bowl games.
• Jackets’ 45 bowl appearances rank 13th in college football history, while its 25 bowl victories are tied for the 10th-most all-time.
• A win over Minnesota would give Georgia Tech its sixth eight-win season in 11 years under Johnson. Prior to Johnson’s arrival on The Flats, the Yellow Jackets had won eight games in a season just eight times in the previous 41 years.
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