TaxSlayer Bowl Matchup
Penn State (7-5, Big Ten) vs Georgia (9-3, SEC), Jan. 2, Noon.
LOCATION: Jacksonville, Florida
Penn State: QB Christian Hackenberg, who owns school records for passing yards, completions, attempts, touchdown passes and total offense.
Georgia: LB Leonard Floyd, a Butkus Award finalist who leads the team in sacks and ranks second in tackles.
Penn State: Lost three in a row. ... Winless in five games against ranked teams this season.
Georgia: Won four straight. ... Fired coach Mark Richt and backup QB Faton Bauta won’t be around for the game. Richt accepted the Miami job. Bauta, who started the team’s last game in Jacksonville, is transferring.
Penn State 27, Georgia 23 (Jan. 1, 1983).
Penn State: Tied for third (with Georgia and Oklahoma) with 28 bowl victories, trailing only Alabama (34) and USC (33). Has a 10-9-1 record in Florida bowls, including 1-2-1 in Jacksonville.
Georgia: Nineteenth consecutive year in a bowl, the nation’s third-longest streak behind Florida State (34) and Virginia Tech (23). In TaxSlayer for second time in three seasons.