After falling just short of a bid to the national title game in south Florida, Georgia's team will instead settle for the central part of the state.
UGA has accepted an invitation to the Capital One Bowl, the school announced Sunday evening.
The Bulldogs (11-2) will face Nebraska on New Year's Day at 1 p.m. in a game televised nationally by ESPN/ABC. The Cornhuskers (10-3) are fresh off a 70-31 drubbing by Wisconsin in the Big Ten Championship.
“We are delighted with the selection of our team to represent the
Southeastern Conference in the Capital One Bowl,” said UGA athletics director Greg McGarity. “Our team and fans have not been to Orlando in four years, and I know they will be excited to again visit one of the nation's
greatest bowl sites that is unsurpassed for warm weather, world's greatest
family attractions and outstanding team facilities.”
There was uncertainty as to Georgia's bowl destination after Saturday's 32-28 loss to Alabama in the SEC title game. Originally, the belief was that the Bulldogs were destined for the Cotton Bowl. However, the Capital One Bowl wound up taking Georgia instead of Texas A&M after the Bulldogs' strong showing against the Crimson Tide.
The Bulldogs are 3-1-1 in previous trips to bowls in Orlando, beating Michigan State 24-12 in the Capital One Bowl after the 2008 season.
This will mark only the second time Georgia and Nebraska have played. Nebraska claimed a 45-6 victory in the 1969 Sun Bowl.
"To play a team with the history and tradition of Nebraska will be an exciting experience for our team and coaches but also for our fans," UGA coach Mark Richt said. "Very few of our current players were on the 2008 team, so this will be the first time most members of our team have the opportunity to
play in Orlando."
More to come ...