Mississippi State draws Georgia Tech in Orange Bowl
After jumping up in the final College Football Playoff rankings, the Mississippi State Bulldogs will play Georgia Tech in the Orange Bowl on Dec. 31.
The Bulldogs’ move up the standings is somewhat of a surprise, as the Bulldogs leapt up three spots in the CFP committee’s final rankings despite not playing. They jumped over Kansas State and Arizona, both of which lost over the weekend, as well as Michigan State, which was idle.
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The SEC West runner-ups face off against the No. 12 Yellow Jackets, who lost the ACC title game 37-35 to Florida State on Saturday. Mississippi State and Georgia Tech have played each other four times, with Georgia Tech going 4-0 in those games. The last time the two played was in 2009, when Georgia Tech won 42-31 in Starkville.
Mississippi State has played in the Orange Bowl twice before, going 1-1. Georgia Tech has appeared in the game seven times, with their last appearance coming in 2009.