"Georgia Tech defeated ACC champion Clemson earlier this season. Utah comes to El Paso having won five of their last seven games," added Rogers. "Coach Whittingham boasts a 6-1 bowl record since taking over for Urban Meyer in Utah in 2005."
Utah (7-5, 4-5 Pac-12), is also making their second appearance in the Hyundai Sun Bowl. The Utes shut out New Mexico 26-0 on New Year’s Day in 1939. It marks the 10th bowl in 11 years for the Utes and the seventh under head coach Kyle Whittingham and the program’s 17th appearance in a bowl game.
"We’re excited about the opportunity to represent the Pac-12 Conference in the Sun Bowl," said Utah head coach Kyle Whittingham."This is a longstanding and prestigious bowl game and we are looking forward to playing in El Paso. A Utah team has not played in this bowl in over 70 years so there should be a lot of intrigue and interest from our fan base and around the country.
"We’re proud that yet another Utah senior class will be playing in its fourth postseason game and that is a testament to the commitment our players bring to the program year in and year out."
The 2011 Hyundai Sun Bowl will mark the second meeting between these two teams. The only other meeting was in the 2005 Emerald Bowl when Utah defeated a 13th-ranked Georgia Tech, 38-10.
The 78th Annual Hyundai Sun Bowl is scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 31 at noon (MST). CBS Sports will broadcast the game for the 44th consecutive year, which is the longest running partnership between a network and a bowl game.
The Congrove Computer Rankings at CollegeFootballPoll.com project Utah as a 2.32-point winner.