Music City Bowl Notebook

Georgia fans expected to dominate bowl crowd but official number is unknown.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Music City Bowl representative Walt Baker knows that as of early Thursday, about 44,000 tickets had been sold for today's game.

It is more difficult for Baker to determine how many of those tickets have been sold to Georgia fans.

One factor is the belief that as many as 3,000 to 4,000 tickets were passed to Georgia fans from Alabama fans who believed the Crimson Tide would represent the Southeastern Conference in the game and bought tickets early.

Through the internet and classified ads, Georgia and Alabama fans have connected to do business, even though Georgia officials preferred their fans buy tickets through the athletic association.

Baker said Boston College returned some of its tickets, but he did not say how many were returned. Georgia may not have sold all of its 10,500 tickets, but it did not return any tickets.

Also, Baker says he expects Georgia fans to have an impact in walk-up sales at the gate today. There will be no shortage of tickets at the 67,000-seat Adelphia Coliseum.

Whatever the final count, Georgia will have the edge in the stands.

Last year's attendance was 47,200 for West Virginia's 49-38 win over Mississippi. The record two years ago was 59,000 for a Syracuse win over Kentucky. The first Music City Bowl — a Virginia Tech win over Alabama in 1998 — was played at Vanderbilt Stadium.

Beginning next year, the Music City Bowl will match SEC and Big Ten teams.

One final practice: Georgia held its final practice of the season Thursday.

Coach Mark Richt usually does not work out his team the day before games, but he said he felt the players needed more experience in the cold weather.

"The first time they get hit when it's cold, it will sting a little more than usual,'' Richt said Thursday. "We'll see how the kids respond to that. ... We can't let weather be any kind of an excuse.''

Said Boston College coach Tom O'Brien in his opening statement at Thursday's press conference: "It was very nice of the city to provide Boston weather for us.''

The forecast for today calls for a high near 45 with no rain.

Worth noting: Georgia is 2-0 in the state of Tennessee this season, with wins at Vanderbilt and Tennessee. ... Georgia leads the series with Boston College 2-1, although the Eagles beat the Bulldogs 27-24 in the 1986 Hall of Fame Bowl in Tampa before that game became known as the Outback Bowl. Georgia won games in 1950 in Boston and 1951 in Athens.

Bowl history: Thanks to its four straight bowl wins, Georgia is 19-14-3 all-time in bowl games. It ranks sixth nationally with 37 bowl appearances. Including this year's Music City Bowl, Georgia has played in 18 different bowl games, the most of any team in the nation.

Charles Odum can be reached at CEOdum@aol.com.


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