The Georgia Bulldogs won’t make it quite as far south in Florida this year as they’d hoped. They end their football season Tuesday afternoon in Orlando at the Capital One Bowl instead of in the national championship game in Miami.
It’s been nearly a month since Georgia’s near-last-minute win over Alabama in the Southeastern Conference Championship. A few more yards, a few more seconds, and the Bulldogs could be in Miami instead of the Crimson Tide. Now they must lick their wounds and win one more game.
They play a Nebraska Cornhuskers squad with its own motivation.
“They were just crushed in their championship game to a Wisconsin team that had five losses entering the game. They ran for more than 500 yards, they put 70 points on the board against them,” said Marc Weiszer, the Georgia beat writer at the Athens Banner-Herald. “So you might think Nebraska’s going to come out fighting and swinging and wanting to show they’re not as bad as that performance.”
Weiszer says Georgia will be looking to prove they can stop the ‘Huskers top-10 running attack, something the Bulldogs’ defense has struggled with this year. The ‘Dogs also want to avoid losing their third bowl game in a row.
“They don’t want to be the first Georgia team, I think, since the 1970s to lose three straight bowl games,” Weiszer said. “That is something that I’m sure is going be something that they want to leave: a legacy of winning some of these games.”