The Georgia Bulldogs were one touchdown pass away from playing in the BCS title game against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish. Instead, the Bulldogs lost to the Alabama Crimson Tide in the SEC title game, sending Nick Saban's team to the title game -- and giving Alabama a chance to repeat as national champions.
Unfortunately for Georgia, the loss sent the Bulldogs out of the BCS picture entirely. The Florida Gators, who Georgia beat earlier this year, earned the SEC's other BCS bid, by finishing third in the BCS standings. Florida will take on the Louisville Cardinals in the Allstate Sugar Bowl.
Mark Richt and the Bulldogs now find themselves playing in the Capital One Bowl, where they'll take on the Nebraska Cornhuskers. Like Georgia, Nebraska lost its conference title game -- albeit in a much more embarrassing fashion.
T Kyle King over at Dawg Sports, SB Nation's Georgia Bulldogs blog, is disappointed with Georgia's bowl pairing.
Though Nebraska, obviously, represents one of the more storied programs in college football history, I would be lying if I said I was not disappointed with this postseason pairing. We knew going in that the Florida Gators would receive the Sugar Bowl bid, which I cannot claim was entirely undeserved. However, the prospect of playing the Oklahoma Sooners or the Texas Longhorns in the Cotton Bowl, site of victories by Vince Dooley-led Georgia teams that capped off the 1966 and 1983 campaigns, had me enthusiastic about the postseason, since the Cotton Bowl airs on a night by itself on January 4, making it the last major bowl game to take place prior to the BCS National Championship Game.
Georgia and Nebraska will kickoff the Capital One Bowl on New Year's Day, at 1 p.m. ET.