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Sugar Bowl

January 01, 2003|Associated Press

GEORGIA (12-1) vs. FLORIDA STATE (9-4)

Today at New Orleans, 5:30 p.m. (Channel 7)

Line: Georgia by 2 1/2.

Series record: Georgia leads, 5-4-1.

Last meeting: 1984 Citrus Bowl, 17-17.

Bowl records: Georgia, 19-15-3; Florida State, 18-10-2.

Last bowl appearance: Georgia lost to Boston College, 20-16, in the 2001 Music City Bowl; Florida State beat Virginia Tech, 30-17, in the 2002 Gator Bowl.

Common opponents this season: Georgia beat Clemson, 31-28, lost to Florida, 20-13, beat Georgia Tech, 51-7; Florida State beat Clemson, 48-31, beat Florida, 31-14, beat Georgia Tech, 21-13.

Coaches: Mark Richt, second season at Georgia (20-5); Bobby Bowden, 27th season at Florida State (259-63-4), overall (332-95-4).

What to look for: Richt meets his mentor, Bowden. Richt spent 15 years coaching for Bowden at Florida State. The Seminoles are underdogs and have a depleted offense.

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