Sunday, December 2, 2012
ATHENS -- The SEC championship game runnerup Georgia Bulldogs (11-2) were extended, and accepted, an invitation to the Capital One Bowl Sunday to face Big Ten championship game runnerup Nebraska (10-3) in Orlando, Tuesday, Jan. 1.
Kickoff is set for 1:00 p.m. ET at Florida Citrus Bowl Stadium and will be televised nationally by ESPN on ABC.
The Bulldogs are 3-1-1 in previous trips to the Orlando Bowl. The ‘Dogs lost to Miami (Ohio), 21-10, in the 1974 Tangerine Bowl; tied Florida State, 17-17, in the 1984 Citrus Bowl; defeated Ohio State, 21-14 in the 1993 Florida Citrus Bowl; defeated Purdue, 34-27 (OT), in the 2004 Capital One Bowl; and defeated Michigan State, 24-12, in the 2009 Capital One Bowl.
This will mark only the second time Georgia and Nebraska have squared off. Nebraska defeated the Bulldogs, 45-6, in the 1969 Sun Bowl in El Paso, Texas.
“We are delighted with the selection of our team to represent the Southeastern Conference in the Capital One Bowl,” said UGA Director of Athletics 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.”
“I’m really excited for our team and especially our seniors with the opportunity to play in the Capital One Bowl which is one of the premier January bowl games in the greatest of entertainment areas,” said UGA head coach Mark Richt. “And 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. 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 and enjoy the fantastic attractions. The opportunity to play a top quality opponent like Nebraska will be a challenge we’ll look forward to.”
This will be Georgia’s 48th bowl game―sixth most of any team in the country. The Bulldogs’ all-time bowl record is 26-18-3.