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Georgia Tech, USC matchup almost happened last season

The two teams were close to facing off at the beginning of the 2011 season.

Bob Donnan-US PRESSWIRE

When USC and Georgia Tech face off in the Sun Bowl, it will come a year late for many people on both sides. The two teams were almost scheduled to play at the beginning of the 2011 season, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

The Georgia Tech coaches and athletic director were in favor of playing, as was USC head coach Lane Kiffin, but the game was scrapped after the Trojans replaced their athletic director during planning for the matchup. The two teams would have faced off in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff game.

It adds a little bit of extra intrigue to a game already full of it. While the teams expressed gratitude to be chosen for the game, both had bigger goals before the season.

At 6-7, Georgia Tech likely expected to at least have a winning record entering its bowl game. Meanwhile, USC entered the season as a potential title contender before finishing with a 7-5 record.

Photographs by coka_koehler used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.