The recruitment of Desmond Howard came down to Michigan and Georgia Tech. The Cleveland native never considered Ohio State, which was just bringing in John Cooper.
After Monday's 21-7 loss to Georgia Tech in the Hyundai Sun Bowl finished a 7-6 season, USC is more than happy to leave a disappointing 2012 behind.
USC can't afford to look past its Sun Bowl matchup with a Georgia Tech team that runs a unique and difficult triple-option offense.
Getting to play in a bowl game allows USC an extra set of December practices that could pay big dividends for young players in 2013.
Florida State took an emotional beating in the loss to Florida, and getting over the game mentally might be the biggest hurdle in the way of an ACC title.
Georgia's defense knows it will have to match the physical play against whichever team they play in next week's SEC title game. They got a headstart in the win over Georgia Tech.
Georgia Tech's flexbone offense has caused Georgia's defensive ends to make more tackles than they are used to, so the Bulldog DEs are ready to be tested on Saturday.
Once Georgia built a third-quarter lead, Georgia Tech was forced to table its triple-option run game and take to the air. The result played right into the Bulldogs' hands.
With Georgia Tech geared up to stop the Bulldogs' running game, Georgia turned the passing game loose. QB Aaron Murray completed passes to nine different receivers in a 31-17 victory.
Georgia's impressive defense will face a mighty test Saturday when the Bulldogs visit Georgia Tech, whose triple option offense is not only second in the nation in rushing, but second in third-down conversions.
Mark Richt admits that Georgia has had to work around 'a little too much drama' at running back all season, with injuries and suspensions both recurring more often than the coach would like.