After repeated bowl trips to the opposite side of the country, Georgia Tech wanted to stay closer to home this time.
How does two miles away sound?
No. 16 Georgia Tech accepted an invitation to the Chick-fil-A Bowl on Wednesday, staying at home to face a Southeastern Conference team on New Year's Eve.
Bowl president Gary Stokan got permission from the Atlantic Coast Conference to make the announcement ahead of Saturday's league championship game after the selection committee decided on the Yellow Jackets (9-3) over Florida State.
"It's a marquee game," said Georgia Tech's Paul Johnson, named ACC coach of the year a day earlier. "Not winning the ACC championship this year, it's the highest-ranked game we could get in."
The Yellow Jackets will be making their 12th straight bowl appearance, but they've often had to travel long distances -- far away from their fan base -- for the chance to play an extra game. They've been to the Humanitarian Bowl in Boise, twice in the last six years, along with appearances in the 2005 Emerald Bowl (San Francisco), 2002 Silicon Valley Classic (San Jose, Calif.) and 2001 Seattle Bowl.
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