Bulldogs, Yellow Jackets to meet with new twist on rivalry

Georgia and Georgia Tech will play for the first time in their rivalry with both heading to their conference championship games the following week.

Of course, the Atlantic Coast Conference is only in the eighth year of holding its title game.

The Yellow Jackets landed a spot in this year’s game on Monday before most people probably began their shortened work week after Miami announced it was self-imposing a postseason bowl ban for the second straight year.

That sent Georgia Tech from the Coastal Division to the Dec. 1 game in Charlotte against Florida State.

Georgia Tech made the game in 2006 and 2009, but had to vacate its 2009 title due to NCAA sanctions.

Georgia Tech, which started the season 2-4 and fired defensive coordinator Al Groh, is expected to get an NCAA waiver to play in a bowl game should it finish 6-7 with losses to Georgia and Florida State, Football Bowl Executive Director Wright Waters told the Birmingham News. The ACC title game winner goes to the Orange Bowl.

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