Georgia to play Nebraska again, this time in Gator Bowl

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Georgia’s bowl game will have a familiar feel to it.

The Bulldogs will play Nebraska in the postseason for the second consecutive year, this time in the Jan. 1 Gator Bowl in Jacksonville, Fla.

That’s the same locale as the Bulldogs’ annual SEC tilt with rival Florida.

The Bulldogs beat the Cornhuskers 45-31 in the Capital One Bowl to end last season and the two teams meeting again 12 months later figures to be a particular challenge in moving tickets. Reaction on Twitter was heavily negative and not just with the fans.

“Nebraska again? You kidding me,” junior wide receiver Michael Bennett tweeted.

They will meet again after a wild Sunday of bowl speculation below the BCS selections as the conferences and bowls settled on matchups.

The Big Ten bowl selections after Michigan State to the Rose and Ohio State to the Orange were Wisconsin to the Capital One, Iowa to the Outback and Michigan to the Buffalo Wild Wings, according to reports.

Then the Gator Bowl tabbed Nebraska, setting up a matchup of 8-4 teams. Gator Bowl president and CEO Rick Catlett told the Banner-Herald a week ago that he preferred not to match the teams again, but Minnesota’s poor record of traveling to bowl games factored against it, according to the Times-Union.

Kickoff at EverBank Field is at noon on Jan. 1 on ESPN2.

Georgia hasn’t played in the Gator Bowl since Jan. 1, 1989 in Vince Dooley’s final game as Bulldogs coach. Georgia is 2-0-1 all-time in the game.

A rematch in a bowl game isn’t unprecedented for an SEC team. South Carolina beat Ohio State in back-to-back Outback Bowls to end the 2000 and 2001 seasons.

The Bulldogs have won three straight in Jacksonville against Florida where the SEC East rivals play annually in the same stadium where the bowl is played.

The suspense on Georgia’s bowl selection began with whether the Bulldogs would get selected by the Chick-fil-A Bowl in Atlanta before the Gator picked and that remained up in the air until early evening.

That hinged on which way the Outback Bowl went with its selection. When the Outback tabbed LSU, according to the Baton Rouge Advocate, the Chick-fil-A scooped up Texas A&M and 2012 Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel to play Duke, according to the Durham (N.C.) Herald Sun.

“If you look at CBS’ broadcast, you find Alabama is probably the No. 1 draw and Texas A&M No. 2 with respect to TV viewership, primarily because of Johnny Manziel and being a Heisman Trophy winner and the way he plays the game,” Chick-fil-a Bowl president and CEO Gary Stokan told the Banner-Herald this past week.

If LSU and Georgia were available, the Bulldogs probably would have gone to Atlanta because the Tigers were in the game last year.

“We would very much like to have Georgia,” the Gator Bowl’s Catlett said a week ago.

The title sponsor of the Gator Bowl is TaxSlayer.com, which is based near Augusta.

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Riverman1 12/09/13 - 07:21 am
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Wow, Columbia County's

Wow, Columbia County's TaxSlayer has that kind of money? I'm impressed. UGA in the Gator Bowl is cool. The Gator is one of the classics even if not a BCS bowl.

justthefacts
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justthefacts 12/09/13 - 09:03 am
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Good matchups

Looks like a good group of games. Too bad they wait so long.

csrareader
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csrareader 12/09/13 - 11:28 am
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I have no problem with a Nebraska rematch

We spank Georgia Tech every year... Now, we can add Nebraska to that list.

itsanotherday1
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itsanotherday1 12/09/13 - 03:24 pm
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I was hoping for Music City.

I was hoping for Music City. That would be a better trip.

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Just My Opinion 12/09/13 - 06:27 pm
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csra...and I can't believe

csra...and I can't believe I'm writing this...you know this last game against Tech was NOT a spanking! We just got by them this year. But, hey..I'll take it! A win is a win, right?
I have to be honest. I am NOT looking forward to this game against Nebraska. There were other teams out there, but I just get the feeling that Georgia's Athletic Director didn't fight hard enough to get any of them! Oh, well...it's a done deal now and no use in whining about it. With the way Georgia's been playing, it'll probably come down to the last few seconds!
One bit of advice for any Georgia fans out there thinking about going...if you don't already have tickets, PLEASE wait until a few days before the game to buy them!! Ticket prices will plummet!! Watch and see.

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