Taxslayer Bowl Tickets
On the last day of 2016, Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets and Kentucky Wildcats will meet to decide who will be the next TaxSlayer Bowl Champion. All bowl games aside, the game scheduled for Dec 31 has a little history behind it for both these programs. The three time winners Georgia Tech confirmed their place in the finals after nine years. It was in 2007 they lost to West Virginia and the last time they won was in 1999, that’s almost two decades ago. On the other hand, this is the first time ever the Kentucky Wildcats have made it into the finals. If you’re looking for a special new year’s day, then this year’s TaxSlayer Bowl should do the trick. Get your Taxslayer Bowl tickets before they sell out.
The TaxSlayer Bowl has been continuously held since 1946. This makes it the sixth oldest and the first ever to be nationally televised college bowl in history.
A Little History
The bowl was originally called the Gator Bowl perhaps because of its location which is Jacksonville, Florida. TaxSlayer Bowl got off to a rocky start in 1946 when the first game between Wake Forest and North Carolina attracted a little more than seven thousand spectators. It wasn’t until three years later in 1949 when the future of TaxSlayer Bowl was confirmed when a nail biter between Clemson Tigers and Missouri Tigers attracted a little more than thirty thousand spectators.
Currently the TaxSlayer Bowl ties in with the SEC and the Big Ten. Previously it was with the Southern Conference, Atlantic Coast Conference, Big East Conference, Big 12 and Notre Dame. The TaxSlayer Bowl teams are decided randomly. Out of its 66 year history, the TaxSlayer Bowl has featured 38 games between ranked opponents. The television rights for this game have moved between ABC, Turner Sports, NBC and CBS. Currently it airs on ESPN.
The Yellow Jackets
This will be Georgia Tech’s eighth appearance in the Gator/TaxSlayer Bowl. With this in mind, the Yellow Jackets may not be as nervous as the Wildcats. Paul Johnson, the head coach for the Yellow Jackets says he’s excited to be representing the ACC this year. He also said that he is confident that the Yellow Jackets and the Wildcats will put on a great show. Johnson has every reason to be confident, as Yellow Jackets have had a lot of success in recruiting players from Jacksonville and its surrounding areas.
In addition to a competitive game, Johnson is also hoping his team will get some decent exposure. This will be Yellow Jackets 44th all time appearance in a bowl game with an impressive 19th in the last 20 seasons. This fact alone is expected to boost the Yellow Jackets confidence. The Yellow Jackets are already relying too heavily on their anchor Freddie Burden which may not be a good sign however, the offense is expected to make a comeback. The Yellow Jackets defense hasn’t been bad under Johnson but it hasn’t been extraordinary either to score some big wins. It will all depend on how the Yellow Jackets contain the Wildcats on Dec 31.
With the Wildcats first TaxSlayer bowl appearance, Coach Mark Stoops says they are knocking down doors one at a time. Kentucky has had a couple of rough seasons, however things are starting to look up. The wildcats have momentum on their side. They finished the season with three consecutive victories which included away games against Virginia Tech and Georgia. However, there is reason to worry. The Wildcats have lost four of their last five meetings with the Yellow Jackets.
From the Wildcats side, one player to look out for is Clinton Lynch. The Wildcats has had some decent success in the passing game. They currently rank 48th nationally in yards allowed through the air. It may be a deciding factor and a shining moment for offense if Lynch could win some of those one-on-one battles. Also the Wildcats must go into half time with a lead. This will release some of the pressure for the Wildcats which may help their game.
The New Year game looks exciting with the Yellow Jackets coach looking for an early finish. But with the Wildcats anything is possible. Nevertheless, the 2016 TaxSlayer Bowl game looks like it’ll be a close one. If you’re looking to have a good time and enjoy a quality game of college football, then get your Taxslayer Bowl tickets now.