Georgia and Nebraska, both reeling from conference championship game losses, could think they are looking into a mirror as the two storied programs face off in the 2013 Capital One Bowl. Kickoff is set for 1 p.m. ET on Jan. 1. Television coverage will be on ABC.
Georgia (11-2, 7-1) came within six yards of knocking off Alabama to win the SEC and earn a berth in the BCS National Championship. With the loss, the Bulldogs plummeted out of the BCS entirely, landing in Orlando. Aaron Murray has excelled in his third season as Georgia's starting quarterback, setting career records for completion percentage (65.4 percent) and passing yards (3,466), while throwing for 31 touchdowns against just eight interceptions. Freshmen halfbacks Todd Gurley and Keith Marshall have been one of the nation's most potent running tandems, combining for 1,983 yards and 24 touchdowns.
Nebraska (10-3, 7-1) was a heavy favorite to win the Big Ten Championship Game, but was surprisingly throttled by Wisconsin and also received a second consecutive trip to Orlando as their consolation prize. Nevertheless, the Cornhuskers completed their fifth consecutive season with at least nine wins under head coach Bo Pelini, led by a three-pronged running attack that ranked eighth nationally with 254.5 yards per game on the ground. Quarterback Taylor Martinez improved markedly in his third season, setting career highs in completion percentage (62.2 percent), yardage (2,667), and touchdown passes (21), adding 973 yards rushing and 10 rushing scores. Halfback Rex Burkhead, who missed much of the season with a nagging knee injury, combines with Ameer Abdullah (1,089 yards, eight touchdowns) to form one of the Big Ten's most formidable running back teams.
Game date and time
1 p.m. ET Jan. 1
Citrus Bowl, Orlando, Fla.
Nebraska: KLIN 1400 AM
Georgia: WGGA 1240 AM
Last year’s game
South Carolina 30 - Nebraska 13
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