In a sign of the renewed interest in Georgia football after the Bulldogs' bounce-back 10-3 season, the school announced they have sold out their allotment of 12,000 tickets from the Outback Bowl:
"We continue to move them, but our block is gone," Georgia Athletic Director Greg McGarity said. "It’s reassuring and comforting to know that our fans have responded like that. I think it’s a reflection of the way our fans have responded not only to the Boise State game, the SEC championship game and season tickets. It’s a tremendous credit to our fans who do a great job. That helps you down the road with other bowls in the future."
As McGarity alluded to, the ability of a fan base to "travel well" is one of the main things bowl committees look for in selecting teams.
Georgia's ability to sell tickets stands in sharp contrast to their opponent, Michigan State, who have sold only 5,000 tickets so far.
With a re-invigorated fan base and a young team set to return most of its key players, the Bulldogs have set themselves up for a good shot at an at-large spot in a BCS bowl at minimum next year.