The thought of playing SEC titan Georgia can give a defense fits. But for the Nebraska defensive unit, they enter the Capital One Bowl on New Year's Day with an already enormous chip on their shoulder. They were dismantled by Wisconsin in the Big Ten title game -- giving up 70 points and over 500 yards rushing after having beaten the Badgers in the regular season.
"You can never explain a game like that," defensive lineman Chase Rome said. "Everyone feels like we have something to prove, which honestly can sometimes be a good thing."
The Cornhuskers could redeem themselves against a worthy opponent. Georgia rushes for 184.2 yards per game, the 42nd-best ground game in the country. Georgia also scores over 37 points per game, good for 20th in the nation.
For head coach Bo Pelini, neither opponent will be in Nebraska's head come game time, saying, "Hopefully if you're a competitor, it should be motivation for you."