Georgia Tech is playing in its 15th consecutive bowl game, having finished the year with an 8–4 record by winning the first six games. The Yellow Jackets leads the ACC in rushing offense (316.8 yards per game), total offense
(459.6) and scoring offense (34.9).
Utah, playing in the Pac-12 for the first time, has a 7–5 record by winning four of its last five games and by winning three games against non-conference competitors (Montana State, BYU, Pittsburgh). The Utes enter the game with a 12–4 record in bowl games, including 6–1 under coach Kyle Whittingham. They missed the Pac-12 South Division title by a Colorado defeat on Nov. 25.
↑Bowl Schedule, Los Angeles Times, December 7, 2011