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Georgia to face Penn State in the TaxSlayer (Gator) Bowl

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Mike Carter-USA TODAY Sports

When everything around you is changing, sometimes it's once to have a little familiarity. I guess that's why it's a good thing Georgia will face a familiar head coach in a familiar stadium this bowl season. At least that's what I'm going with.

The Bulldogs will square off against the Pen State Nittany Lions, led by former Vanderbilt coach James Franklin, on January 2nd. Penn State is coming off a lackluster 7-5 campaign, but brings to the matchup a marquee name and something Bulldog fans really like in a bowl opponent: the fact that Georgia hasn't played them in a while.

The irony of this of course is that if Georgia weren't going to be facing Penn State under interim head coach Bryan McClendon this game would generate a lot more excitement, probably as much as any recent postseason matchup. As it is, it generates just a little fear that we'll give that blowhard Franklin something to crow about for the first time in years. You know, since the last time he beat a short-handed Bulldog squad with help from his buddies in the really terrible officiating business.

Am I being overly negative about this game? Or are others equally ready to say goodbye to 2015 and get the Kirby Smart era underway?