Published Wednesday, December 26, 2012 AT 7:38 PM / Updated at 12:49 PM
Capital One Bowl: Huskers arrive in Orlando
Jon Nyatawa Omaha World-Herald

ORLANDO, Fla. — Nebraska’s football players, running a tad behind schedule (flight delay), rushed off their seven buses and into a meeting room at the team hotel Wednesday night.

Checking in? That had to wait.

But they soon re-acquainted themselves with Orlando’s Peabody Hotel, the same four-star palace that hosted the NU team last year. Coach Bo Pelini and a couple players paused momentarily to update reporters on the Huskers’ preparation for Tuesday’s Capital One Bowl against Georgia.

The highlights…

>> Pelini thinks his team is in a good position, having practiced “eight or nine” times since losing the Big Ten title on Dec. 1. NU treated last week like it were a “regular game week,” Pelini said.

>> Wednesday sort of served as a chance for the players to review lessons learned in practice last week, Pelini said. They ran and lifted before leaving Lincoln. Practice on Thursday — set to be structured like a Tuesday session on a normal week, according to Will Compton — is scheduled to begin around 9:30 a.m. local time.

>> No notable absences from Nebraska’s traveling party, according to Pelini. “Everybody made the trip,” Pelini said.

>> Is Pelini concerned about the team staying focused this week? “It’s always difficult in a bowl game,” Pelini said. “But we’ve got a mature group. They’re kids that understand what it takes and hopefully that will show up (on Tuesday).”

>> Players are excited about a couple new events on the docket — like Universal’s Islands of Adventure. Some guys might attend Friday’s Russell Athletic Bowl (Rutgers-Virginia Tech). And Disney World’s huge, so another trip there shouldn’t be at all boring. … Plus, they know what NOT to do, and where NOT to go. Said Cameron Meredith: “I’ve been researching ever since I figured out we were coming back.”

About Jon Nyatawa

Jon Nyatawa has covered local sports, primarily Nebraska football, for The Omaha World-Herald since 2008. He and his laptop, cell phone, tape recorder, pen and notebook all live in Lincoln. Follow him on Twitter: @JonNyatawa. Email him here: He welcomes feedback.