But a 7-5 finish will send the Trojans to Texas.
This will be USC’s second appearance in the Sun Bowl.
In 1998, a USC team favored by 16 points lost to 6-5 Texas Christian, 28-19.
Georgia Tech, which plays in the Atlantic Coast Conference, finished 6-7 after Saturday’s 21-15 loss to No. 21 Florida State. Despite its losing record, Georgia Tech last week received a waiver from the NCAA allowing it to play in a bowl game.
Under Coach Paul Johnson, Georgia Tech ranks fourth nationally in rushing offense, averaging 312.6 yards a game.
Quarterback Tevin Washington has rushed for 19 touchdowns and passed for seven.