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December 31, 2011

College Football Report - 2011 Bowl Picks - Hyundai Sun Bowl:

Hyundai Sun Bowl

Utah (7-5) vs. Georgia Tech (8-4)

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2 PM, CBS, Saturday, Dec. 31, El Paso, TX

Why Watch: Averaging over 316 yards a game on the ground, Georgia Tech sits as one of the best rushing teams in the country. As it happens to be, the Utes rank seventh in the country in yards given up on the ground a game, with just 97 yards allowed a game. They’ve given up just 6 rushing scores all season.

Who to Watch: The Yellow Jackets don’t pass a whole lot, and that might still be an overstatement. They’ve completed just 71 passes all season, but when they do it’s usually to 6-foot-5 wideout Stephen Hill. With just 26 grabs on the season, Hill has amounted 785 yards and four scores, good for a 30.2 yard average. For the Utes, watch a pair of defensive lineman, and brothers, who will be counted upon heavily today. Joe and Dave Kruger start along the defensive line for the Utes and together brought in 57 tackles and four sacks on the season. Utah will need a big day out of both.

How it’s Going Down: The Utes first season of PAC-12 football didn’t exactly go as planned, but a switch at quarterback to Jon Hays got them to where they are today. After throwing seven interceptions in his first four games, Hays has turned the season around with zero interceptions in his last five games. For Georgia Tech, it’s the same ole story. Run, run, run then run some more. Quarterback Tevin Washington has accounted for 24 touchdowns on the season, playing consistent football. The strength of this Utah team is physical run stopping play, though, and defense wins games. The Tech running game will be out-shined by the Utes and 1,400 yard rusher John White IV today. Pick: Utah 26 – Georgia Tech 21

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