GEORGIA TECH AND MINNESOTA TO PLAY IN 2018 QUICK LANE BOWL
The Georgia Institute of Technology and University of Minnesota will play in the 2018 Quick Lane Bowl at Ford Field on Wednesday, December 26 at 5:15 PM ET. The game will air nationally on ESPN.
Georgia Tech (7-5) won six of its final eight games of the regular season and finished in second place in the Atlantic Coast Conference Coastal Division with a 5-3 ACC record. It marked the seventh time in Head Coach Paul Johnson’s 11 seasons at Georgia Tech that the Yellow Jackets finished either first or second in the Coastal Division. Since 2008, the only other teams that have placed first or second in ACC divisional play as many time as Georgia Tech (7) are Clemson (9), Florida State (7) and Virginia Tech (7).
The Quick Lane Bowl will be Johnson’s final game as head coach of the Yellow Jackets. He announced last week that he is stepping down after 11 seasons at Georgia Tech and 22 seasons as a head coach. Johnson is the fourth-winningest coach in Georgia Tech history with 82 victories at the helm of the Yellow Jackets. His 189 career victories rank fourth among NCAA Division I FBS head coaches that were active 2018 (behind only Notre Dame’s Brian Kelly – 252 wins, Alabama’s Nick Saban – 231 and Kansas State’s Bill Snyder – 215).
Minnesota (6-6) is led by Head Coach P.J. Fleck this season and earned a bowl berth with a win in its season finale at rival Wisconsin. The Gophers beat Wisconsin for the first time since 2003 and for the first time on the road since 1994 to earn the right to play in the postseason. Minnesota also posted a 41-10 win against Purdue, as it held the potent Boilermaker offense to season lows in yards and points. Minnesota also beat Fresno State, 21-14, this season and handed the Mountain West champion Bulldogs one of their two losses on the season.
The Gophers have 112 players on the roster and 58 of those players – or 51.7 percent – are freshmen. That’s the highest number in the nation. The Gophers have 78 underclassmen (69.6% of the roster), which ranks tenth in college football. The game will mark Minnesota’s second appearance in the Quick Lane Bowl and will be the Gophers’ 20th bowl game all-time. Minnesota beat Central Michigan 21-14 in the 2015 staging of the annual tilt in the Motor City.
This is the fifth year of a multiyear agreement for Quick Lane Tire and Auto Center as the title sponsor of an annual college football bowl game at Ford Field.
The Detroit Lions own, host and operate this college football bowl game.
The 2018 Quick Lane Bowl is a postseason collegiate football bowl game sponsored by Quick Lane Tire & Auto Centers.
The annual bowl game will take place at Ford Field December 26 at 5:15 PM ET and air nationally on ESPN. This game has no affiliation with previous Michigan bowl games, such as the Little Caesars Bowl or Motor City Bowl.