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Posted Dec 8, 2013


Nebraska will head to Florida to play in the Gator Bowl.

LINCOLN, Neb. - The Nebraska Cornhuskers (8-4) have accepted an invitation to play in the Gator Bowl on January 1st. Nebraska will face SEC opponent Georgia (8-4).

This will be the second straight year the two teams have been paired in a bowl game. Last season, Nebraska lost 45-31 to the Bulldogs in the Capital One Bowl.

Nebraska head coach Bo Pelini is 3-3 in bowl games, but has seen his team drop the last three by an average margin of 14.3 points per game.

“The Gator Bowl gives our football team the opportunity to play in a New Year’s Day bowl for a third straight season, and we look forward to the trip to Jacksonville,” Nebraska head coach Bo Pelini said. “We had a great experience at the Gator Bowl when we played there in my first year here. 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.”

Nebraska will be making its second trip to the Gator Bowl, both under Pelini. Nebraska defeated Clemson 26-21 in the 2009 Gator Bowl to conclude Pelini’s first season as head coach with a 9-4 record.

“We are proud to celebrate our 50th bowl appearance with a trip to Jacksonville for the TaxSlayer.com Gator Bowl,” University of Nebraska Director of Athletics Shawn Eichorst said. “The Gator Bowl has been a wonderful partner for the Big Ten for several years, and our student-athletes, coaches, staff and fans will have a great experience in Jacksonville. The University of Georgia is an exceptional institution, has an outstanding football program and will be a great matchup for our team.”

More to come on Big Red Report in the coming hours.

*** Parts of this report came from the NU Media Relations ***

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Josh Harvey has covered college football and recruiting for Fox Sports & Scout.com since 2008. He is now the Publisher of Big Red Report, covering Nebraska athletics.
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