Nebraska, Georgia react to Cap One bowl

The Capital One Bowl participants were officially announced during Sunday night's teleconference. Hear what Nebraska head coach Bo Pelini and Georgia's Mark Richt had to say during the call

Mark Richt, who has been the head coach at Georgia since 2001, and athletic director Greg McGarity were the first to speak during the teleconference call.

*Richt on being selected for the Capital One Bowl: "We're very thankful to have this opportunity. We've been there before and it was a tremendous experience. Bulldog nature enjoyed it quite a bit.

*Richt spoke about his connection to Nebraska: "It's personal for me since I was born in Omaha and my mom and dad grew up in Nebraska. They like the Dawgs too and they call themselves the Corn-Dawgs -- a combination of the Bulldogs and Cornhuskers. My family is all Nebraska, all the way. It's going to be fun for my family. I know everybody will make that trip to Orlando from Nebraska."

*McGarity explained why they accepted the Capital One Bowl invite: "Traditionally our fans love the location if it's closer. The weather is going to be fantastic. If you look at the lineup and the bowl schedule, the first pick in the SEC is the Capital One Bowl. We feel privileged to be in that spot. Obviously you want to be in the higher seeded bowl if you can't be in the BCS."

*Richt went on to discuss how his team will remain motivated despite their loss to Alabama in the SEC Championship game: "I just think we have a bunch of great seniors that are very good men of character and they love the game of football. So I don't think it's going to be a challenge. The venue is going to be exciting for our guys and they will enjoy the time spent in Florida and the Disney area. Playing Nebraska will get everyone's blood pumping. There aren't many Georgia teams who have won 12 games so they want to finish strong."

*McGarity mentioned the expected practice schedule for the Bulldogs: "Our goal is to get 12-15 practices in total. After exams are over we start practicing and we take about four days off for Christmas and show up to the bowl site after Christmas."

Following Richt and McGarity, Nebraska head coach Bo Pelini spoke:

*Pelini discussed why they accepted the bowl invite to the Capital One Bowl for the second straight season: "It's a first-class bowl game and it's the opportunity to play the highest ranked team we could. We thought it was pretty obvious [to accept the invite]."

*Pelini was then asked about the run game and how they plan on countering and attacking Georgia on the ground: "First and foremost you have to be able to stop the run. If you give up big rushing yards it's a recipe for disaster. You can't recover from that. That's going to be an area both teams try to sure up and an area both teams will try to exploit."

*He then spoke in general about what he expects from the Bulldogs: "They're going to be athletic, physical. They're obviously well-coached. They're going to challenge us across the board."

*Pelini then announced what the practice schedule he expects: "We'll go out to Orlando either Christmas night or the morning of the 26th. We'll practice maybe a couple times this week and give them off for finals week. We follow the same recipe every year."

*Also in the call, he was asked about the status of Taylor Martinez, who took a hard hit from Wisconsin linebacker Chris Borland. Pelini said he hasn't seen him today but that it's not a concern and he doesn't believe he's injured.

Steve Hogan, the Capital One Bowl CEO, also was asked a question regarding the selection of Georgia and the rumor that they had originally chosen Texas A&M to play in the game.

"Nothing can be further from the truth. It was an easy decision. We had an opportunity to get a division champ who was a few yards away from the national championship game. Georgia deserved this trip and we are fortunate to have them and we believe we have a BCS quality bowl."

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Kyle Phillippi covers the Big Ten Conference for His work has also been featured in Big Red Report Magazine and
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