When two traditional college football programs get together, it is a very big deal. It is an even bigger deal when it is in a bowl game and the TaxSlayer Bowl at EverBank Field in Jacksonville will feature a traditional matchup between the 7-5 Penn State Nittany Lions and the 9-3 Georgia Bulldogs. It is a game with two different styles that will make this game one worth watching early in the day on January 2.
Penn State lost their final three games of the season and got hammered 55-16 by Michigan State to end the regular season. Christian Hackenberg passed for 2,386 yards, 16 touchdowns and five interceptions this year and had a 1,000-yard receiver in Chris Godwin. Godwin will pass the century mark in all likelihood during this game with his 63 catches for 968 yards and five touchdowns. On the ground, Saquon Barkley has run for 1,007 yards and seven touchdowns. Can the Nittany Lions break their losing streak in this game against a very difficult SEC opponent?
Georgia won four straight games to end the year which included a 13-7 win over Georgia Tech to finish the year strong. Greyson Lambert threw for 1,844 yards, 11 touchdowns and two interceptions during the regular season and has a solid receiver in Malcolm Mitchell. Mitchell finished the regular season with 53 catches for 751 yards and four touchdowns. Sony Michel rushed for 1,076 yards and seven touchdowns to lead the run game. The Bulldogs are a favorite in this game because of the competition they played during the regular season. Will they get to that elusive ten-win mark with a win here?
What time is the TaxSlayer Bowl?
The TaxSlayer Bowl will begin at Noon Eastern.
What date and channel will the TaxSlayer Bowl be on?
The TaxSlayer Bowl will be played on Saturday, January 2 and can be seen on ESPN.