UGA to meet Nebraska in Capital One Bowl

Sunday, Dec. 2, 2012 6:06 PM
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Associated Press

ORLANDO, Fla. — Georgia and Nebraska are hoping a New Year’s trip for Florida will be the perfect place to get over their conference championship game disappointments.

Both teams accepted bids to the Jan. 1 Capital One Bowl on Sunday, just a day after falling in their respective conference championship games.

The Bulldogs (11-2) came up just a few yards short of winning the SEC crown and trip the BCS national championship game Saturday night, losing to defending BCS champion Alabama, 32-28.

For the Cornhuskers (10-3), their 70-31 loss to Wisconsin in the Big Ten title game might not have had the nail nibbling heartbreak Georgia endured, but was just as painful.

The New Year’s Day meeting at the Florida Citrus Bowl will mark only the second time Georgia and Nebraska have met. Nebraska defeated the Bulldogs, 45-6, in the 1969 Sun Bowl.

Nebraska is appearing the Capital One Bowl for the second straight season. The Cornhuskers fell 30-13 to South Carolina in last season’s matchup. It is their 49th bowl appearance overall.

It will also be farewell to former longtime coach and current Nebraska athletic director Tom Osborne, who will retire from that position on Jan. 1 as well.

Georgia won the SEC East division title for the second consecutive year. It is making its sixth appearance in the Cap One, having last beaten Michigan State in 2009. This will be the Bulldogs 48th bowl game.

This second matchup between Nebraska and Georgia should be closer than the first.

Georgia thrived this season offensively behind Tampa, Fla. native and junior quarterback Aaron Murray. He leads the nation in yards per passing attempt (7.8), while throwing for 31 touchdowns.

Defensively the Bulldogs had the SEC’s second-ranked pass defense, allowing just 120 yards per game. Linebacker Jarvis Jones has been a big part of that, with 12.5 sacks on the year.

The Cornhuskers also have a capable signal caller in junior Taylor Martinez. He is Nebraska’s all-time career leader in total offense with more than 9,000 yards.

Martinez has also gotten a lot of support from running backs Rex Burkhead and Ameer Abdullah, a tandem that lead the most productive rushing attack in their conference, averaging 254 yards per game.

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Riverman1
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Riverman1 12/02/12 - 09:09 pm
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Nebraska? It's going to be

Nebraska? It's going to be hard to get up for this one.

wildman
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wildman 12/02/12 - 09:27 pm
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The BCS

sucks! 4 seconds and five yards away from beating the current national champions and going to the National Championship and we go to the Capital One and Florida goes to the Sugar. Florida fans go ahead and call me a whinner but just remember your only loss came against The Dawgs. A team (anyteam) in the SEC that plays for the championship should not be punished for losing. BS!

bigj706
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bigj706 12/02/12 - 09:28 pm
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Is this a BCS bowl

Is this a BCS bowl

justthefacts
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justthefacts 12/02/12 - 11:20 pm
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What can you do?

It is the way the system works. Everybody knows the deal. Yeah, like the Mich St game last year, it will be difficult to get up after laying it all out last night.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 12/03/12 - 03:25 am
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Wisconsin just scored 70

Wisconsin just scored 70 points against Nebraska. Really, UGA should have gotten a better bowl. For goodness sakes, Northern Illinois is going to the Orange Bowl. It just ain't fair.

wildman
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wildman 12/03/12 - 05:39 am
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The BCS

can really pick great match ups that we the fans can't wait to not watch. The Sugar Bowl will be a great waste of time and don't even mention the Orange Bowl. We used to have great games before the BCS got involved and made all these stupid rules that will give us less than adequate football in the bowls. BS!

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Just My Opinion 12/03/12 - 05:45 am
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The tie-ins is one of the

The tie-ins is one of the biggest things that make the BCS thing a joke. I mean, Wisconsin is going to the Rose Bowl and they are a 5 LOSS team?? Really?? And as far as Georgia goes, I am on record as saying FOR YEARS that the SECC loser gets crapped on and gets penalized by going to a terrible bowl. I've not only said it when it's affected Georgia, but all the other 2nd place SECC teams. It's just ridiculous. Oh, well....maybe when they finally get rid of the BCS things will get better. But, yeah, there are some terrible match-ups this year, for sure.

justthefacts
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justthefacts 12/03/12 - 08:37 am
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Northern Illinois??

Really. At least they get the weakest conference champ in Fl State. Who knows, maybe they shock the world. I wonder if they can get more fannies in the seats than the ACC Champ game? They will need what, 20K, to do so?

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Riverman1 12/03/12 - 10:00 am
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Of our 4 teams in the two

Of our 4 teams in the two states, I think Clemson gets the best bowl and plays the best team with LSU in the Chick Bowl.

justthefacts
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justthefacts 12/03/12 - 10:19 am
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Right

The Chick-Fil-A always seems to get it right. That will be a good game. Two great fan bases. Two fine teams. Should be a lot of buzz.

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YeCats 12/03/12 - 10:59 am
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Agreed on clem-Lsu. Afa us,

Agreed on clem-Lsu.

Afa us, no respect.

Even though 1-2 teams will always be left out, can't wait for the playoffs.

justthefacts
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justthefacts 12/03/12 - 11:35 am
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Ye

Playoffs won't solve everything. There will still be arguments over who played who, strength of schedules, conference champs. Different system, same complaints.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 12/03/12 - 11:59 am
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We need a 4 team SEC playoff

We need a 4 team SEC playoff and tell the NCAA we will sit out the other nonsense. Crown the consensus national champion ourselves.

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spotted_assassin 12/03/12 - 12:16 pm
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You reap what you sow?

UGA played a weak schedule all season and never complained, so guess what...you have (what most UGA fans consider) a weak Bowl game! Don't complain now! I think the matchup will be a good game, as will the South Carolina vs. Michigan matchup! UGA is not a top 3 SEC team, yet you wanna play in a bigger bowl game! GET OVER IT! ENJOY THE GAME...I think Nebraska is gonna give you guys all you can handle, anyhow!

justthefacts
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justthefacts 12/03/12 - 12:26 pm
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River1

Good idea. Many national pubs are saying the National Champ was decided Saturday night. I agree.

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soapy_725 12/03/12 - 12:54 pm
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Record against RANKED TEAMS
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DAWGS 1 win two losses. And those little "dog bones" on the helmets reflect the number of times they go on the "newspaper".

Notre Dame wanted to play the best for the National Title. Their prayers were answered. Maybe God is interested in CFB? ROLL TIDE!!!!!!!

Riverman1
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Riverman1 12/03/12 - 01:00 pm
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JTF, Ala is a 10 point

JTF, Ala is a 10 point favorite against ND. That says much.

YeCats
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YeCats 12/03/12 - 01:41 pm
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Jtf, yes, conjecture is

Jtf, yes, conjecture is always going to be there. No "perfect" system. And going through the SEC is the toughest road to the NC.

In the future, how is the loser of the SEC champ,(and others like), going to be treated? Computers decide? Votes? Speculation/debate abounds. We all want to see it played out on the field. (And me personally, no rematches. Might be impossible.)

I like your idea, RM! :-). Loved it Sat. morning when ND coach Kelly walked on the Gameday set. Dawg/Bama fans chanting SEC, SEC! Then, ACC, ACC! Great spirit!

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csrareader 12/03/12 - 05:26 pm
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Capital One Bowl

It's time to move on and get ready to pound Nebraska. Would have been nice to win the SEC, but in all honesty, everything after the conference championships don't mean squat. There is no National Championship in college football without a meaningful playoff, so it's just a big popularity contest to see who gets in the bowls, which are nothing more than post-season exhibitions.

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David Parker 12/04/12 - 05:25 pm
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We play alot of bowl games

We play alot of bowl games where we have little to nothing to gain and everything to lose, whereas our opponents have everything to win for and little to risk.

2007 - When we made #19 Hawaii blow snot-bubbles, we were ranked 5th.

2008 - #16 UGA beats #19 Mich State

2009 - unranked UGA beats unranked Texas A & M. UGA played 4 games vs top-ten teams (Fla #1, LSU #4, Ga Tech #7, Oklahoma State #9) and beat Ga Tech. Texas A & M played 3 RANKED teams (Texas #3, Oklahoma #13, Texas Tech #24) and beat #24 Texas Tech.

2010 - Unranked UGA loses to UCF #25 from the Conference USA

2011 - UGA #18 loses to Michigan State #12 (This is the exception)

2012 - UGA #6 to play #23 Nebraska

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faithson 12/04/12 - 05:52 pm
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mediocre is what mediocre gets

One decision... One opportunity. All WE wanted was ONE thought out chance, ONE, and then let the chips fall where they may. We did not get it. I blame the man at the top for that. You'all can do the warm fuzzy's, but some of us SEE exactly what happened and will always keep with us, the chance we had that was blown by 'the man at the top'

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