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Outback Bowl preview: Michigan State Spartans vs. Georgia Bulldogs; 1 p.m. Monday

When/where: 1 p.m. today; Raymond James Stadium, Tampa

TV/radio: Ch. 28; 620-AMLine: Georgia by 3

Notable: Michigan State has lost five consecutive bowl games. … Senior QB Kirk Cousins needs 34 yards to break Jeff Smoker's Spartans record (8,714) for total yardage. … Georgia is 3-0 in the Outback since 1998. … The Bulldogs' 10-game win streak was the program's longest since 1982, when Vince Dooley's team notched an 11-0 regular season before losing in the Sugar Bowl. … Bulldogs sophomore OLB Jarvis Jones, a Butkus Award finalist, needs half a sack to tie David Pollack's school single-season record (14). Both offenses average more than 30 points. … The perception of the SEC holding speed supremacy over the Big Ten will be tested. Senior B.J. Cunningham, the Spartans' all-time leading receiver (211 catches, 3,020 yards), faces a pass defense that ranked third in the SEC (165.1 ypg). Junior Bacarri Rambo's seven interceptions are the second-most in the nation. … Georgia QB Aaron Murray, left, who led Plant High to a state title in 2008, faces a 4-3 Spartans alignment that led the Big Ten in total defense (272.7 ypg) and sacks (41). Murray has been sacked 10 times in his past four games. Look for two former local prep stars ­— DL Denzel Drone (Plant City) and S Jairus Jones (Wharton) — in the Spartans' defensive rotation. Georgia's backfield has four players with at least 200 rushing yards, but coach Mark Richt said redshirt freshman Ken Malcome (30 carries, 123 yards) likely will start.

Joey Knight, Times staff writer

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