Bulldogs Outback Bound

ATHENS - Georgia has accepted the invitation to the Outback Bowl to face Michigan State.

Kickoff for the game is set for 1:00 p.m. Jan. 2. The game will be televised by ABC.

"This will be the first time the members of our team have the opportunity to play in Tampa and playing a top quality opponent like Michigan State will be a challenge we'll look forward to," coach Mark Richt said.

This game will mark the Bulldogs third trip to the Outback Bowl. Georgia defeated Wisconsin in 1998 and 2005 and Purdue in 2000.

"It's a great destination for our student athletes and our fans --- warm weather, wonderful attractions, a first class stadium, and we look forward to competing against a great Michigan State team," athletic director Greg McGarity said.

Georgia has played Michigan State three times, most recently winning 24-12 in the 2009 Capital One Bowl.

Georgia's string of 10 straight victories before falling to No. 1 LSU in the SEC title game Saturday made it an attractive team to Outback Bowl President Jim McVay.

"Mark Richt has done a spectacular job since the 0-2 start," McVay said. "It's a great story in college football.

""We've dealt with (athletic director) Greg McGarity, too. Everything about the Georgia program is excellent."

This will be Georgia's 47th bowl game -- sixth most of any school in the nation. The Bulldogs' bowl record is 26-17-3

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