Sunday, December 30, 2012

Blackshirts' black eye

I'll have my pre-game what to look for post up tomorrow. But in terms of attitude and overall engagement in the 2013 Capital One Bowl's outcome, this one really comes down to how mad each team is.

As mad as Georgia seemed to be in the wake of the SEC Championship game loss to Alabama, that could easily slip into an extended holiday hangover. And as mad at themselves as the Huskers were after getting curb-stomped in their conference title game, can it fuel them for a full month?

The Nebraska coaches are hoping so.
“It took a few days for everybody involved to get past it on any level,” defensive coordinator John Papuchis said. “It was very disappointing. I’d use the word embarrassing in the way especially we played on defense. Everybody on our team and on our staff is competitors. To go out there and be that close to achieving your goal, which we had set out last January to win the Big Ten and go on a six-game winning streak, to get there and play so poorly in the championship game was obviously disappointing.”
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“You go back and look at the last game that we played, for whatever reason we did look a little leg weary,” Nebraska coach Bo Pelini said. “It looked like the second half of the season took a little bit of toll on us.”