Outback offical: Dawgs are a good fit

ATHENS – Jim McVay, the president of the Outback Bowl, said he's very impressed with Georgia but shed no real light on the Bulldogs' bowl situation. Like most everyone else who will talk on or off the record, McVay said Monday he's heard the Capital One Bowl has its heart set on LSU.

Assuming Auburn beats Tennessee on Saturday in the SEC Championship Game, that would leave the Outback Bowl to choose between Georgia and Tennessee. In that case, the Bulldogs would be ranked about 10 spots higher than the Volunteers in the human polls and the BCS, but the Volunteers beat Georgia head-to-head earlier in the season.

"We think Georgia is an exceptional team," McVay said. "Georgia is the perfect profile for a bowl game, highly ranked, terrific record, great fan support, an athletic director who's first class. Georgia has everything every bowl wants."

Still, McVay, who has made surprising choices in the past that haven't gone over well in the SEC office, wouldn't commit to his bowl picking the Bulldogs over Tennessee if it comes down to that.

Georgia hasn't played in the Outback Bowl since 2000 when it beat Purdue 28-25. Wisconsin already has accepted the Big Ten's invitation to this year's Outback Bowl. The Bulldogs beat Wisconsin 33-6 in the 1998 Outback Bowl.

"There's a lot of interest in a matchup like that for our community," McVay said.

Tom Mickle, the executive director of the Capital One Bowl, did not return a phone call seeking comment.

ONE MORE TIME: For the second time this season and the fourth and final time in his career, senior defensive end David Pollack was named the SEC Defensive Player of the Week on Monday.

Pollack, who is on the verge of becoming the Bulldogs' only three-time All-American other than Herschel Walker, had six tackles, including two sacks, in a 19-13 win over Georgia Tech on Saturday. He now has 33 career sacks, tying him with Florida's Alex Brown for the fourth-best total ever in the SEC.

STILL WAITING: There's no word on the return of defensive lineman Marcus Jackson, who missed the 2004 season due to a blood clot, Coach Mark Richt said. Jackson is still taking blood-thinning medicine to treat his condition.

"Until he gets off of this medicine, I don't know if they'll really have any indication of what's next," Richt said.

MINOR MOVEMENT: Georgia jumped Boise State to move to seventh in the BCS rankings released on Monday. The Broncos, who come to Athens for next year's season-opener, fell from seventh to eighth.


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