UCF faces Georgia Tech in the Gasparilla Bowl, a showdown of upstart teams in Tampa, Florida.

UCF secured bowl eligibility after a late-season surge, led by running back RJ Harvey's heroics.

Georgia Tech had a wild journey to bowl eligibility, upsetting ranked teams and giving Georgia a scare.

Both teams played each other recently, with UCF winning both matchups.

Expect only a few key players to opt out of the bowl game.

The game is set for Dec. 22 at Raymond James Stadium, with a 6:30 p.m. ET kickoff on ESPN.

Motivation is high for both teams, with Georgia Tech aiming to end its bowl drought, and UCF seeking a winning record.

The Gasparilla Bowl features an exciting quarterback battle between John Rhys Plumlee and Haynes King.

Neither defense is strong, so expect a high-scoring game; UCF is favored, but Georgia Tech could keep it close. Pick: Georgia Tech +4.5.