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No. 23 Georgia, Nebraska rematch in Gator Bowl

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Georgia and Nebraska are headed back to the Sunshine State to play again.The Bulldogs and Cornhuskers were paired in the Gator Bowl on Sunday night, setting up a rematch of last year’s Capital One Bowl.Georgia won that meeting 45-31, getting five touchdown passes from Aaron Murray. The 23rd-ranked Bulldogs (8-4) won’t have Murray in the Jan. 1 rematch. The Southeastern Conference’s all-time passing leader tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee Nov. 23 against Kentucky.Junior Hutson Mason will make his second start. Mason completed 22 of 36 passes for 299 yards, with two touchdowns and an interception, in a 41-34 win in double overtime against Georgia Tech.”We think Hutson is going to be a heck of a ball player,” Georgia coach Mark Richt said. ”It’s good that he got a little experience against Georgia Tech.”Still, the postseason pairing raised some eyebrows.”Nebraska again? You kidding me?” Georgia receiver Michael Bennett posted on his Twitter page.There had been speculation that Michigan would be the Big Ten representative opposite Georgia in the Gator Bowl. But the Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl took seven-win Michigan – the Wolverines are one of the top television draws in college football – over the eight-win Cornhuskers, who beat the Wolverines earlier this season in Ann Arbor.So the Gator Bowl ended up with a hardly anticipated rematch.”It was a great battle last year,” Richt said. ”We’ll see what happens this year.”Georgia is no stranger to Jacksonville. The Bulldogs play their annual rivalry against Florida at EverBank Field.But this will be Georgia’s first Gator Bowl since 1989, a 34-27 win over Michigan State in legendary coach Vince Dooley’s final game. Georgia also played two other times in the Gator Bowl, tying Maryland in 1948 and defeating North Carolina 7-3 in 1971.”I know that Georgia people love Jacksonville,” Richt said. ”There’s no doubt about that. We’ve been playing in Jacksonville for about 80 years, so everybody really enjoys that, understands the area and is looking forward to spending more time there.”Nebraska (8-4) last played in the Gator Bowl in 2009, beating Clemson 26-21.”We had a great experience at the Gator Bowl when we played there in my first year here,” Pelini said. ”We have some familiarity with Georgia having played them last year in the bowl game, but these are two different football teams. This will be a great challenge for our football team, and we look forward to the opportunity.”The Cornhuskers haven’t had much postseason success since that win, losing their last three bowl games.Nebraska looked bound for a better postseason destination, but lost two of its final three games – both at home. The slide raised speculation about embattled coach Bo Pelini’s future. Athletic director Shawn Eichorst has publicly backed Pelini despite the coach’s run of blowups in his six years.Pelini has issued two apologies for his conduct just this season. He came under fire in September after an audio of a profane tirade against fans went public. The rant came shortly after his team came from behind to beat Ohio State and was directed at fans who left the game early.He also was publicly reprimanded and fined $10,000 for comments about officiating in a loss to Iowa on Nov. 29. Pelini used an expletive at his postgame news conference while discussing a pass-interference penalty against his team. Pelini was penalized for unsportsmanlike conduct during the game for swiping his hat at, and nearly hitting, the head linesman.Sports & RecreationAmerican FootballNebraskaGator BowlCornhuskers

Muschamp only knows losing side of Florida-Georgia

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Will Muschamp has been on both sidelines of the Florida-Georgia rivalry. He’s only experienced one side of it, though: the losing end. Florida’s head coach went 0-4 as a player at Georgia, dropping all four meetings between 1991 and 1994. He’s 0-2 with the Gators, losing both games in similar, turnover-filled fashion. His next chance at a victory comes Saturday, when the Gators (4-3, 3-2 Southeastern Conference) and Bulldogs (4-3, 3-2) meet in nearby Jacksonville for the 78th time in the last 81 years. Muschamp made it clear this week that being winless in the series these days carries far more weight than going 0-for-ever two decades ago. ”None of it is fun, but certainly being here at the University of Florida and understanding the importance of this game to us and our people, we need to get a win,” he said. Muschamp could use a victory to stave off growing criticism. Although athletic director Jeremy Foley said recently that Muschamp’s not going anywhere, questions have increased as to how long Muschamp will get to turn things around in Gainesville. The Gators have three losses by November for the second time in three years. Injuries have played a significant role in this year’s struggles. Florida has eight players out for the season, including quarterback Jeff Driskel, disruptive defensive tackle Dominique Easley, running back Matt Jones, right tackle Chaz Green and dynamic kick returner Andre Debose. The Gators also were without three defensive starters – Ronald Powell, Damien Jacobs and Darrin Kitchens – in a 36-17 loss at Missouri two weeks ago. And they will be without starting left tackle D.J. Humphries, who sprained a knee ligament in practice Monday, against the Bulldogs. ”Anybody with a shred of intelligence can see the situation,” Muschamp said. Maybe so, but Florida ranks in triple digits in total offense for the third consecutive year. And Muschamp’s defense is coming off a 500-yard performance against No. 10 Missouri, the program’s worst outing since 2007. ”That’s a one-time thing,” linebacker Michael Taylor said. ”I can guarantee you that won’t happen again.” No one is guaranteeing a victory Saturday. Florida hasn’t dropped three in a row in the storied series since 1989, the year before Steve Spurrier returned to his alma mater. Spurrier put extra emphasis on the border-state rivalry – and the results showed. The Gators went 11-1 against Georgia under Spurrier, and little changed after his departure. Former coaches Ron Zook (2-1) and Urban Meyer (5-1) posted winning records against the Bulldogs…

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Missouri took control of the SEC East and a new contender emerged in the SEC West. A week after knocking off Georgia on the road, No. 14 Missouri followed it up by blowing out No. 22 Florida 36-17 in Columbia, Mo. In College Station, Texas, No. 24 Auburn used a late score to beat Johnny Manziel and No. 7 Texas A&M 45-41. It was a Saturday filled with upsets in the Southeastern Conference and most played in favor of Missouri.

Ohio State Football: 3 Reasons Why Buckeyes’ Strength of Schedule Won’t Matter

Much has been said about No. 4 Ohio State’s schedule and how the weakness may cost the Buckeyes a shot at playing for the BCS National Championship in January. Even though Ohio State took down No. 25 Wisconsin and Northwestern in back to back games, the general consensus outside of Columbus is the Buckeyes current ranking is based more on reputation than substance. While the void of ranked opponents is cause for some concern, here are three reasons why the Buckeyes should not be worried about their schedule. Winning Matters Most At the end of the day, the goal is survival. Winning ugly is far superior to losing admirably. Stanford, Oklahoma and Georgia were all long shots to make it to the title game before last weekend, but now, each team will be fighting just to make it to a top-tier bowl game. Ohio State will have a few bumps over the next five games, but Iowa, Penn State, Purdue, Illinois and Indiana do not have the total packages to seriously challenge the Buckeyes. Barring a complete meltdown, they should cruise comfortably. The last two games will make or break Ohio State’s season. “The Game” is in Ann Arbor, and all bets are off when these two rivals collide. The Michigan Wolverines are lost right now, but nothing invigorates the soul better than knocking your mortal enemy out of contention. Look for Michigan to rebound before the annual showdown against the Buckeyes. The Big Ten Legends Division race is wide-open right now, so it is…

Ohio State Football: 3 Reasons Why Buckeyes’ Strength of Schedule Won’t Matter

Much has been said about No. 4 Ohio State’s schedule and how the weakness may cost the Buckeyes a shot at playing for the BCS National Championship in January. Even though Ohio State took down No. 25 Wisconsin and Northwestern in back to back games, the general consensus outside of Columbus is the Buckeyes current ranking is based more on reputation than substance. While the void of ranked opponents is cause for some concern, here are three reasons why the Buckeyes should not be worried about their schedule. Winning Matters Most At the end of the day, the goal is survival. Winning ugly is far superior to losing admirably. Stanford, Oklahoma and Georgia were all long shots to make it to the title game before last weekend, but now, each team will be fighting just to make it to a top-tier bowl game. Ohio State will have a few bumps over the next five games, but Iowa, Penn State, Purdue, Illinois and Indiana do not have the total packages to seriously challenge the Buckeyes. Barring a complete meltdown, they should cruise comfortably. The last two games will make or break Ohio State’s season. “The Game” is in Ann Arbor, and all bets are off when these two rivals collide. The Michigan Wolverines are lost right now, but nothing invigorates the soul better than knocking your mortal enemy out of contention. Look for Michigan to rebound before the annual showdown against the Buckeyes. The Big Ten Legends Division race is wide-open right now, so it is…

Ohio State Football: 3 Reasons Why Buckeyes’ Strength of Schedule Won’t Matter

Much has been said about No. 4 Ohio State’s schedule and how the weakness may cost the Buckeyes a shot at playing for the BCS National Championship in January. Even though Ohio State took down No. 25 Wisconsin and Northwestern in back to back games, the general consensus outside of Columbus is the Buckeyes current ranking is based more on reputation than substance. While the void of ranked opponents is cause for some concern, here are three reasons why the Buckeyes should not be worried about their schedule. Winning Matters Most At the end of the day, the goal is survival. Winning ugly is far superior to losing admirably. Stanford, Oklahoma and Georgia were all long shots to make it to the title game before last weekend, but now, each team will be fighting just to make it to a top-tier bowl game. Ohio State will have a few bumps over the next five games, but Iowa, Penn State, Purdue, Illinois and Indiana do not have the total packages to seriously challenge the Buckeyes. Barring a complete meltdown, they should cruise comfortably. The last two games will make or break Ohio State’s season. “The Game” is in Ann Arbor, and all bets are off when these two rivals collide. The Michigan Wolverines are lost right now, but nothing invigorates the soul better than knocking your mortal enemy out of contention. Look for Michigan to rebound before the annual showdown against the Buckeyes. The Big Ten Legends Division race is wide-open right now, so it is…

What I Loved and Hated from College Football Week 6

Week 6 was all about the almost. Georgia almost lost at Tennessee. Northwestern almost took down Ohio State. Washington almost beat Stanford on the road. Oregon almost lost. (One of these things is not like the other. I’m just making sure you’re paying attention.) These things didn’t come to fruition, but the almost provided outstanding entertainment throughout the sixth college football Saturday of the season, a statement that is both hard to read and write. Where is the time going? During Week 6, we saw a bit of everything. There were outstanding catches (stressing the plural), a two-point conversion unlike any you’ve ever seen or may ever see again, a horrendous fake punt call, and a gambling “bad beat” that created quite a stir. Here’s what I loved and hated in Week 6. Begin Slideshow

LSU-UGa highlights week to reshape rankings

Finally, a college football weekend with real potential to reshape the rankings and shake up the national championship race. The fifth Saturday of the season features four games matching ranked teams, highlighted by No. 6 LSU at No. 9 Georgia. Eight more ranked teams play road games of varying degrees of difficulty.

Georgia fan breaks down in tears on the radio after losing to Clemson

A grown man broke down crying on an Atlanta Radio Station after the Dawgs lost to Clemson over the weekend.  He told the radio hosts how broken up he was after the loss and then recommended that Georgia get rid …

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Ohio State drops from #2 to #3 in AP Poll

The latest AP Poll was released today and after the first week of play, Ohio State dropped from 2 to 3 following the 40-20 win over Buffalo. Oregon moves up to the 2nd spot. In a strength of schedule hit …

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