Dawgs' Bowl Destination up in the Air

ATLANTA – Georgia's bowl game seems more up in the air than ever before.

Oklahoma's win over Missouri late Saturday night in the Big 12 championship game opened up a spot in the Rose Bowl by elevating Ohio State to the national title game. The Rose Bowl will get the first at-large selection, but it is feeling significant pressure from Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany to replace Ohio State with Illinois, another Big Ten team, according to a source familiar with the bowl's negotiations. The Rose Bowl traditionally matches a Pac-10 team and a Big Ten team.

Richt said this week that he wouldn't loss any sleep Saturday night wondering about his team's destination.

"There are so many things that are involved in this thing, I can't imagine us knowing anything for certain until the middle of the day (today) or even when they announce it (tonight)," he said.

He will be happy regardless of where his team plays its 11th straight bowl game, he said.

The BCS selection show will be broadcast on Fox at 8 p.m. today. Georgia's coaches and players may watch the selection show as a group at the team's practice facility but attendance will not be mandatory, Richt said.

Richt thinks too much was made over a comment he made last week about wanting to go to the Rose Bowl because it's the only BCS game in which he has never been involved.

"I want to make sure everybody understands me," he said. "I will be excited about any opportunity given to us. It's just exciting to think about all the possibilities and I believe our players are the same way. I do believe all the bowl experiences are going to be awesome. I guarantee you I would have a good time at the Orange or the Rose or the Fiesta or wherever."

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