Georgia Tech hopes to play in a bowl game this winter -- even if it has a sub-.500 record.
The Yellow Jackets and the Atlantic Coast Conference are asking the NCAA grant a waiver that would allow Georgia Tech to go bowling even if the team falls to 6-7 with a loss Saturday against Florida State in the conference championship game.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and CBS Sports reported that the school and conference are basing their appeal on the fact that Georgia Tech is only in the ACC title game because Miami declared itself ineligible. Had the Hurricanes been able to play for the league championship, Georgia Tech's season would be over at 6-6, and the Yellow Jackets would be bowl-eligible.
Georgia Tech is citing a precedent set last year when UCLA lost the Pac-12 title game to finish 6-7 but was allowed to play in the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl in San Francisco. The Bruins' case was the same as the Yellow Jackets' this year: They were only playing in the Pac-12 championship game because USC was ineligible.
Should the Yellow Jackets defeat the Seminoles (10-2), the waiver request would become moot, as Georgia Tech would earn the ACC's automatic Orange Bowl berth.
"We have full confidence that, at the end of the day, we're going to be playing in a bowl game among the ACC selections between Dec. 27 and the first of January, and we're doing everything we can to be prepared to play the first of January at the Orange Bowl" acting Georgia Tech athletic director Paul Griffin told the Journal-Constitution. "Beyond that, everything else is secondary."