Georgia vs. Nebraska in Capital One Bowl (UPDATED w/ comments)

(Updated 10 p.m.)

A day after coming up five yards short of a trip to Miami for the national championship game, Georgia’s football team learned Sunday that it will play a bowl game in a different Florida city.

The Bulldogs (11-2) will play Nebraska (10-3) in the Capital One Bowl in Orlando on Jan. 1 in a matchup of the losers of the SEC and Big Ten championship games.

While Georgia lost the SEC title to Alabama 32-28 on the final play of a stirring game, Nebraska endured an embarrassing 70-31 loss to Wisconsin in the Big Ten title game.

The Capital One, which holds first choice of SEC teams after the BCS games, had been rumored to be considering Texas A&M and its Heisman Trophy candidate, quarterback Johnny Manziel. But after Georgia’s strong performance against Alabama, the bowl opted to take the Bulldogs, who dropped from No. 3 to No. 7 in the final BCS standings released Sunday night.

Notre Dame and Alabama remained Nos. 1 and 2, respectively, and will meet in the national championship game on Jan. 7 in Miami. Alabama survived an SEC title game that saw the lead change hands five times and ended with Georgia on the Crimson Tide’s 5-yard line as time ran out.

Florida moved up to No. 3 in the BCS standings Sunday and, as the second highest ranked SEC team, will go to the Sugar Bowl to play Big East co-champ Louisville.

Other BCS games will match Pac-12 champion Stanford vs. Big Ten champ Wisconsin in the Rose Bowl, Big 12 co-champ Kansas State vs. BCS No. 4 Oregon in the Fiesta Bowl and ACC champ Florida State vs. Mid-American champ Northern Illinois in the Orange Bowl. In the latest controversial chapter of BCS history, Northern Illinois (12-1) received a BCS berth by being ranked in the top 16 (No. 15) and ahead of at least one champion of an automatic-qualifying conference.

After Florida passed Georgia in the rankings, UGA was locked out of a shot at a BCS game because of a rule allowing no more than two teams from a single league to get BCS bids, a rule that Alabama coach Nick Saban sharply criticized after beating the Bulldogs. Saban called it “a crying shame” and “ridiculous” that Georgia would be excluded from a BCS invitation.

Actually, Georgia appeared in danger of falling farther down the bowl pecking order than the Capital One. But that’s where the Bulldogs landed after some late scrambling among bowls triggered by Northern Illinois earning a BCS berth at the expense of Oklahoma.

“If we weren’t going to be in a BCS game, this is the location we wanted to be,” Georgia athletic director Greg McGarity said Sunday night.

But McGarity added, “There’s no question — there’s absolutely no question — that we are deserving of a BCS bid. … There’s no question we played great the last half of the season and just to see the way we laid it on the line (Saturday) proved that we’re right there along with the best in college football.”

Capital One Bowl CEO Steve Hogan called the selection of Georgia “an easy decision” in the end.

“No offense to Texas A&M,” Hogan said. “I think they’ve had a fine first year in the conference, a 10-win team. And we have an opportunity to get an 11-win division champion, a few yards away from a national championship.

“The most important thing to our committee was, Georgia deserved this trip. And we’re fortunate to have a team, really, that is of BCS quality.”

After the Capital One selected Georgia, the Outback, which had the next pick from the SEC East, chose South Carolina to play Michigan. And the Cotton, with the next pick from the SEC West, chose Texas A&M to form a marquee matchup against surprisingly available Oklahoma.

The Capital One Bowl will be played at 1 p.m. on New Year’s Day in Florida Citrus Bowl Stadium and will be televised on ABC.

Georgia coach Mark Richt said he foresees no problem in getting the Bulldogs to bounce back from the disappointment of losing the SEC title game and their national championship aspirations.

“I think playing Nebraska is going to get everybody’s blood pumping,” Richt said. “There aren’t many teams in the history of Georgia football that have ever won 12 games in a season and it’s going to mean something to them. I know our guys want to finish on a high note.”

Georgia and Nebraska have met only once previously in football. Georgia lost to the Cornhuskers 45-6 in the 1969 Sun Bowl in El Paso, Texas.

This will be Georgia’s sixth appearance in the Capital One Bowl. The Bulldogs are 3-1-1 in the Orlando game, most recently defeating Michigan State there at the end of the 2008 season.

In Saturday’s loss to Wisconsin, Nebraska’s defense allowed 640 total yards, including 539 yards rushing. Against Alabama, Georgia’s defense surrendered 512 yards, including 350 rushing.

– Tim Tucker, AJC

841 comments Add your comment

Shep

December 2nd, 2012
5:45 pm

Shud be fun to play these guys and do a little revenge on the Sun Bowl debacle.

Dawg89

December 2nd, 2012
5:45 pm

It is totally bogus that UGA didn’t get a BCS invitation. Sometimes, exceptions to the rules are warranted.

Columbia SC Dawg

December 2nd, 2012
5:48 pm

What a crappy bowl.

1eyedJack

December 2nd, 2012
5:50 pm

We wuz screwed!

Put in Timeout by Ken Sugiura,Filtered by Mark Bradley, Banned once by Bill King & Chip Towers but only slightly loved by Jeff Schultz.

December 2nd, 2012
5:51 pm

36 or 32 BAMA to 21 UGa should have been the Final Score…
The REFS really helped keep UGa in the game

drbasic1

December 2nd, 2012
5:51 pm

BCS SUCKS!!!

My wife is from Nebraska……This Blows!!!! We both hate Nebraska….her family bleeds everything cornhusker……….

Bright side……..we win!!

Big Enos Burdette

December 2nd, 2012
5:52 pm

If we beat Bama, we’re in a BCS bowl. Let’s don’t act like the 47%

Put in Timeout by Ken Sugiura,Filtered by Mark Bradley, Banned once by Bill King & Chip Towers but only slightly loved by Jeff Schultz.

December 2nd, 2012
5:52 pm

Bama, LSU & Texas A&M are better than UGa. UGa got about the right bowl game.

Bigdrew

December 2nd, 2012
5:53 pm

Crapital One Bow…….God I hate this stupid BCS System.

German Shepherd Dawg

December 2nd, 2012
5:55 pm

Put in Timeout for making stupid comments, perhaps?

Go troll somewhere else.

ktthebrick

December 2nd, 2012
5:55 pm

Put in Timeout
Ridiculous comment. The refs did UGA no favors. The no call on the Murray hit and the PI call were both absurd. Throw in the no call on the hold on the McCarron TD pass, and I just don’t see how you could honestly think that the refs helped Ga.

.

December 2nd, 2012
5:57 pm

@timeout — Wherever GA plays, it will not undo the 11 of 12 beatings that have been administered to the Maggots. Enjoy your pointless bowl, which had to get special approval, as you finish another losing season.

Dum-Bass

December 2nd, 2012
5:57 pm

Hurry up and let me know what time the game is so I can schedule my daily nap for that time. So GA won all that “RESPECT” (per AJC writers) and get to play a team that just gave up 70 to Wisconsin? Congratulations Mr. Richt, you are now in the same class with Fredi Gonzalez, manager of the Braves. Aint that great!

Brian

December 2nd, 2012
5:57 pm

UGA didn’t play anyone most of the year. When they did, they struggled or lost. UGA doesn’t deserve anything, much less a BCS bid.

te29wr

December 2nd, 2012
5:58 pm

Who is this ****head named Put in time etc? he knows less than the Yech guys. and has no clue or he will use his on name

Put in Timeout by Ken Sugiura,Filtered by Mark Bradley, Banned once by Bill King & Chip Towers but only slightly loved by Jeff Schultz.

December 2nd, 2012
5:58 pm

Oh the REFS didn’t force BAMA to try a Field Goal with a bad call that UGa then blocked and scored a TD? that is a 10 to 14 point swing. Taking Bama’s shot at a TD on the bad call.

CaroWhinaDick

December 2nd, 2012
5:58 pm

Georgia deserves a BCS bowl game. UGA’s clearly better than Florida and we Gamecocks fans know we’d get our feather poops plucked clean if we had to play y’all again. Good luck against Nebraska!

ktthebrick

December 2nd, 2012
5:58 pm

Timeout-
What are you smoking? LSU put up 12, let me say that a little slower for you – T-W-E-L-V-E point on Auburn. LSU is not a better team than Georgia. This morning, Saban said that Georgia is the best team he played this year. One would think he has a better grasp on that than you.

chase

December 2nd, 2012
5:59 pm

Georgia is screwed again!

Now all of a sudden when Louisville and NIU are going to BCS bowls and Oklahoma is going to the Cotton bowl, we get a crappy match up in the CapitalOne bowl!!!!

The whole freaking time it has been UGA to the Cotton bowl – that is until it is a great Match-Up, then they give it to LSU

WHAT A JOKE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

KINGDAWG

December 2nd, 2012
5:59 pm

Really? Nebraska…Are you kidding me?? The second best team in the SEC and a top 5 nationally ranked team and we get this. You get punished for losing and being SEC runner-up. The one and only time I agree with Saban, that last night’s loser gets shafted. The playoff system can’t get here soon enough. We just need a cornhusker beat down and a top five finish to build on for next year.

Don'tsufferfools

December 2nd, 2012
5:59 pm

Sure was hoping for Cotton.

todd

December 2nd, 2012
6:02 pm

the last time georgia finished in the top 5 they got screwed by facing Hawaii. that was the time that everyone said they shouldn’t be in the title game because they didn’t win their conference..(didn’t seem to be a problem last year though) now this. nebraska is a crap match up. i don’t see how UGA will even get up for the game.

ktthebrick

December 2nd, 2012
6:02 pm

Timeout-
The pass was tipped- pretty simple call for the official that is standing in the middle of the field. I grant you it may have been tough to see the tip looking through crimson colored glasses, but it was slightly tipped and the flight of the ball was altered.

Rick James

December 2nd, 2012
6:02 pm

Did anybody see the exchange between Mark Richt and Chuck Oliver at the press conference after the game? It was great to see that emotion from CMR..Georgia football is back in spite of the loss and what GT Bob thinks..

Silver Dawg

December 2nd, 2012
6:03 pm

This can’t be right. Who wants to play them. Lets play Texas or Oklahoma or somebody worth a crap. Wonder who South Carolina is playing?

Put in Timeout by Ken Sugiura,Filtered by Mark Bradley, Banned once by Bill King & Chip Towers but only slightly loved by Jeff Schultz.

December 2nd, 2012
6:03 pm

te29wr……………so that is the name your mom put on your birth certificate?

WHY can’t you deck a QB after an interception?
If the QB will just lay on the ground after any turnover and not attempt to make a tackle then he is not a player and will not get hit. a QB after a turnover is a defensive player and should be treated like on.

Brian

December 2nd, 2012
6:03 pm

Tough loss yesterday and yes the system screwed us over. Look at it this way. We get to see the real quality of coach Richt is and the real quality of this team. This will be the biggest challenge of his career. The Dawgs just suffered the most devastating loss in the history of the program. Now they play in a crappy meaningless bowl game. If Richt is a great coach and this team something special, they will show up and blow out Nebraska. But winning this game will take every bit of grit and heart that can be mustered.

Rick James

December 2nd, 2012
6:05 pm

Let’s hope that Georgia wont have a let down like they did in the Liberty Bowl a few years ago. They were the better team but didnt want to there and lost.

bdawg

December 2nd, 2012
6:08 pm

who cares!!! oh boy the Crap-one bowl again weeee.. the season is a fail no if ands or buts about it…

ktthebrick

December 2nd, 2012
6:09 pm

Timeout-
The NCAA made the rule about not hitting the QB after a pick. AM11 was not anywhere near making a tackle- if he had been, then he can be blocked. But, away from the action, he should not be blindsided by a helmet to helmet hit. The NCAA made this a point of emphasis this past spring and the officials are instructed to watch the QB after a pick to make sure this type of thing does not happen. Clearly, last night they blew the call according to the NCAA supervisor that was in the Dome.

Mike

December 2nd, 2012
6:09 pm

Gotta give Nebraska credit for holding Wisconsin to under 71 points yesterday.

Hairy Dawg

December 2nd, 2012
6:10 pm

Ridiculous… Falling from the potential NC game, to the Capital One bowl against Nebraska…

Would have been a much better match up to face Oklahoma in the Cotton Bowl even than this garbage…

ARdawg

December 2nd, 2012
6:10 pm

We lost the SEC CG. We knew we’d get screwed on a decent bowl. Why are you guys surprised?

POAD/timeout is a tech troll

magnolia,tx tom

December 2nd, 2012
6:10 pm

Get rid of that fat and worthless Grantham, and the Dawgs will win.,

The Voice of Reason

December 2nd, 2012
6:11 pm

Some people are so aptly named. Evidence “Dum-bass”. I rest my case as he doesn’t even know how to spell the word “dumb”. Mr. “Dum-bass”, you truly are one sir. Please cheer for another school as you are not a true Georgia fan and you’re not welcome here. Begone, loser.

Beeeeg Boy

December 2nd, 2012
6:11 pm

At least it ain’t the Peach!

Fan

December 2nd, 2012
6:12 pm

We go from #3 UGA playing # 2 Alabama and lose. So we don’t even rate a team in the top 10????????????????????????

ARdawg

December 2nd, 2012
6:12 pm

The fruits of losing is a crappy bowl and seemingly a crappy team to play

te29wr

December 2nd, 2012
6:13 pm

Time out

Again another stupid statement, the rules say the, White Hat, the Refree is to make sure that the QB takes no cheap shots Read the rules and come back an shoot off your mouth about something else you know nothing about

vampire bill

December 2nd, 2012
6:13 pm

Quit complaining dawgs fans. We knew before the SECC that the loser was out of the BCS. What does it really matter? We had our shot, played well and came up short. Looking forward to beating Nebraska Go DAWGS

ED

December 2nd, 2012
6:13 pm

wow, i can (’t) wait…..

1 4 GT

December 2nd, 2012
6:13 pm

1 January 1981…………………………………..and counting!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! LOL

YellowJacket

December 2nd, 2012
6:13 pm

Ha ha!!
Losers.

ARdawg

December 2nd, 2012
6:14 pm

Fan

Bowl tie-ins are a p1sser

Put in Timeout by Ken Sugiura,Filtered by Mark Bradley, Banned once by Bill King & Chip Towers but only slightly loved by Jeff Schultz.

December 2nd, 2012
6:14 pm

ktthebrick……..Do you think SABAN was being a little POLITICAL in his comments about UGa

Husker DAWG

December 2nd, 2012
6:14 pm

chase – “crappy match up?” I have my undergrad degree from NE and my grad degree from UGA. I love them both and think UGA is a better team this year, but UGA has one nationa championship. NE has 5. Crappy?

CloudmanJacket

December 2nd, 2012
6:15 pm

@ idiot Timeout

It was a helmet to helmet hit and regardless of anything else, it should’ve been a personal foul. You cannot block anyone like that…a defenseless player helmet to helmet. I am a Tech fan and hate to agree with the mutts, but this was a terrible no call and was just a cheap shot. And you my friend are an idiot for your comments. I dislike the mutts, but they played a great game and proved to me that they are one of the top 5 elite teams in the nation. I hate to say it, but it is true. Now, if we can get rid of CPJ, maybe we can at least compete with the mutts once in a while.

Truth

December 2nd, 2012
6:15 pm

@Put in Timeout by Ken Sugiura,Filtered by Mark Bradley, Banned once by Bill King & Chip Towers but only slightly loved by Jeff Schultz.

Remove you thumb from your anu$, then suck on it.

ARdawg

December 2nd, 2012
6:16 pm

WOW! a Yellow Jacket on a UGA blog calling someone a Loser. Oh the irony :D

te29wr

December 2nd, 2012
6:17 pm

Time out With so many names your mother must not have known which was the daddy