Quick notes from the Capital One Bowl press conference with Nebraska coach Bo Pelini and Georgia coach Mark Richt.
>> Florida Citrus Sports’ CEO Steve Hogan said that the Capital One Bowl never chose Texas A&M over Georgia — contrary to reports — while Nebraska agreed to play “the best available” team it could, which were the Bulldogs in Orlando.
“Coach Tom Osborne called and said, ‘We really want to be there,” Hogan said.
>> Pelini called the game a “great opportunity” and a “great challenge” to play “an outstanding opponent.” He said Nebraska wanted the “opportunity to play the highest-ranked opponent we could.”
“I thought it was pretty obvious where we needed to go,” Pelini said. “Coach Osborne agreed.”
>> Nebraska will likely depart for Orlando on the morning of Dec. 26. The Huskers will practice a few times this week, take off finals week, and get back to work after that.
>> Pelini said quarterback Taylor Martinez “had a little bit of a headache” after the Wisconsin game, but “no major concussion.”
>> Georgia is “athletic, physical and well-coached,” Pelini said. It’ll be important to slow down the Bulldogs’ running game, since the Huskers gave up five bills in rushing yards to Wisconsin.
>> Georgia athletic director Greg McGarity said the team wanted to be in Orlando if it could not play for the national title because it’s closer than Dallas (Cotton Bowl) and it wanted to be in the highest-seeded bowl.
>> Richt said Georgia “spent ourselves for a worthy cause” in its 32-28 loss to Alabama in the SEC Championship, and “we were all highly, highly hurt by it.”
But the Bulldogs “have to get over the heartbreak,” Richt said.
>> Richt called Nebraska “a very interesting challenge” because he grew up in Omaha and one side of his family lives in Nebraska and calls themselves the Corn Dawgs. He moved to Colorado by the age of 7 or 8 and to Boca Raton, Fla., at age 13.
“I know everybody is going to be making that trek to Orlando from Nebraska,” Richt said.
>> Nebraska’s running game is a “three-headed monster” that will provide a tough test for a Bulldog team that struggled to stop Alabama’s running game.
>> Richt said Georgia will be motivated for the game because of the seniors’ character, the Disney World venue and “playing Nebraska is going to get everybody’s blood pumping.”