One day after getting their national championship hopes dashed by Alabama in the SEC title game, the Georgia Bulldogs accepted a bid to the Capital One Bowl in Orlando where it will face Big Ten runner up Nebraska.
Kickoff is set for 1:00 p.m. ET at Florida Citrus Bowl Stadium and will be televised nationally by ESPN on ABC.
"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 said in a statement. "And to play a team with the history and tradition ofNebraska 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 toplay a top quality opponent like Nebraska will be a challenge we'll look forward to."
The Bulldogs last played in Orlando in 2009 when Matt Stafford led Georgia to a 24-12 victory over Michigan State.
All total, Georgia is 3-1-1 in previous trips to the Orlando Bowl. The Bulldogs 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.
The New Year's Day meeting will be the second all-time between the Bulldogs and Cornhuskers, who defeated Georgia 45-6 in the 1968 Sun Bowl.
Both the Bulldogs (11-2) and Cornhuskers (10-3) will be looking to eliminate the sour taste in their respective mouth following tough losses in their respective conference championships.
For Georgia, Richt's squad fell five yards short of a trip to Miami in losing to Alabama 32-28, while Nebraska was blown out by Wisconsin in the Big Ten Championship 70-31.