2012 Sun Bowl: USC vs. Georgia Tech odds and lines

Bob Donnan-US PRESSWIRE

The Yellow Jackets are not expected to beat USC, but the Trojans will be without star quarterback Matt Barkley.

The USC Trojans opened as 9.5-point favorites over the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets in the 2012 Sun Bowl, but that margin has since moved in Tech's direction, and USC is now favored by 7.5 to 8.5 points, depending on the sportsbook.

USC announced Thursday that starting quarterback Matt Barkley will not be able to play in the bowl game, which put an end to his college career. Barkley will be replaced by freshman Max Wittek, who made seven appearances and one start during the regular season. In that lone start, which came against Notre Dame, Wittek completed 14 of 23 passes for 186 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions.

The Jackets, who come into the game at 6-7 overall, have no such issues at quarterback, as veteran Tevin Washington will make his final collegiate start. The Washington-led Georgia Tech offense ranks fourth nationally in rushing yards per game.

USC ranks 63rd in total defense and 59th in rushing defense.

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