"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.
"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