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2013 Capital One Bowl: Georgia AD Greg McGarity fine with choice, but says Bulldogs 'deserving of BCS bid'

Georgia AD Greg McGarity has no issue with the Bulldogs playing the 2013 Capital One Bowl, but he did think his team deserved a shot at a BCS bowl game.

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Georgia athletic director Greg McGarity is happy that the Bulldogs will be taking on the Nebraska Cornhuskers in the 2013 Capital One Bowl. However, McGarity also believes that the Bulldogs were more than deserving of a BCS bowl (via the Atlanta Journal-Constitution):

"If we weren't going to be in a BCS game, this is the location we wanted to be," Georgia athletic director Greg McGarity said Sunday night.

But McGarity added, "There's no question - there's absolutely no question - that we are deserving of a BCS bid. ... There's no question we played great the last half of the season and just to see the way we laid it on the line (Saturday) proved that we're right there along with the best in college football."

Georgia is headed to the Capital One Bowl after a heartbreaking 32-28 loss to the Alabama Crimson Tide in the SEC Championship Game. The Bulldogs finished the season 11-2 and No. 7 in the final BCS standings, but were shut out of a BCS bowl because the Crimson Tide and Florida Gators finished ahead in standings. There is currently a rule in place that states that no more than two teams from the same conference can receive a BCS bid.

Alabama coach Nick Saban echoed McGarity's sentiments and criticized the rule for being in place. Saban said it was "ridiculous" that Georgia would not have the opportunity to play in a BCS bowl game.

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