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Michigan State Michigan State (9-3)
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Georgia Georgia (9-3)
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Location: Orlando, FL
Date: Thursday, January 1
Time: 1:00 pm EST

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Mark Richt is in his eighth season at Georgia and overall with a record of 81-22 (.786). The Bulldogs' offensive coordinator is Mike Bobo and the defensive coordinator is Willie Martinez.

Mark Dantonio is in his second season at Michigan State with a record of 16-9 (.640) and in his fifth season overall with a record of 34-26 (.567). The Spartans' offensive coordinator is Don Treadwell and Pat Narduzzi serves as the defensive coordinator.

Matthew Stafford is one of only three quarterbacks to tally more than 3,000 yards passing in a season, joining Eric Zeier and David Greene. Stafford is 26-7 as a starter. Knowshon Moreno, recently named an AFCA All-American, is having one of the best seasons by a Bulldog running back in school history. His 1,338 rushing yards ranks fifth best in a single season. He is only the second Bulldog in school history to rush for more than 1,000 yards in two consecutive seasons. Georgia freshman A.J. Green (55 rec., 951 yds., 8 TDs) and senior Mohamed Massaquoi (57 rec., 910 yds., 8 TDs) rank first and second in the SEC in receiving yds./game at 79.2 and 75.8 ypg. Green leads the SEC in receiving yardage, yards per game and tied for first in TDs by receivers.

Otis Wiley ranks second in the Big Ten (tied with Ohio State's Kurt Coleman) and 30th (tied) in the NCAA in interceptions (4; 0.36 per game). He ranks eighth in the Big Ten in passes defended (1.0 per game; 11 total with 7 pass break-ups and 4 interceptions) and fourth in punt returns, averaging 10.2 yards. He ranks third on the team in tackles (71) and fifth in production points (114). Greg Jones leads the Spartans in tackles (115 total), tackles for loss (12.5 for 33 yards) and production points (252). He ranks third in the Big Ten in tackles, averaging 9.6 per game. Jones led the team in tackles in 10 of 12 regular-season games. In Big Ten play, Jones led the league in tackles, averaging 11.1 per game.

Sophomore WLB Rennie Curran has been the Bulldogs' top tackler nine times this season. He is the first Georgia defender to register 100 tackles in a season since safety Thomas Davis in 2003. Curran is one of three SEC players to have at least 100 tackles this year. Curran is looking to become the first Bulldog to lead the SEC in tackles since 1995 when LB Whit Marshall had 128. Also this season, he had 14 stops against No. 11 LSU and No. 8 Alabama. He leads the team with 3.0 sacks. Reshad Jones added interceptions against Vanderbilt, LSU and Georgia Tech to give him a team-leading four on the year. He is also second in the team with 72 tackles, including a career-high 12 in the win over LSU.

Javon Ringer, who rushed for 1,590 yards and 21 touchdowns during the 2008 regular season, has been named to the Walter Camp All-America Team. He leads the nation in scoring (10.5 points per game) while ranking second in rushing touchdowns (21), third in rushing (132.5 yards per game) and 11th in all-purpose yards. He leads the Big Ten in scoring and all-purpose yards and ranks second in rushing. His 1,590 yards rank as the second-highest single-season rushing total in school history. Jesse Miller has started 37 consecutive games at left tackle. He ranks second on the team in pancake blocks (28 through 11 games). Miller recorded a career-high 7.5 pancakes as the Spartans rushed for a season-best 259 yards against Florida Atlantic.

Blair Walsh is 14-for-22 on the year in field goal attempts with three of his misses from 50+ yards. He is 2-for-5 from that range. He scored a career high 14 points on four field goals (34, 20, 41, and 28 yards) and two PATs against Tennessee. Brian Mimbs is averaging 43.5 yards a punt with 16 inside the 20 and 11 covering 50+ yards. His current average ranks second in the SEC. Mimbs had four punts for an average of 48.2 yards against #18 Georgia Tech, including a 54-yarder.

Brett Swenson ranks among the Big Ten leaders in field goals made (second at 1.67 per game), kick scoring (third at 7.8 points per game), overall scoring (sixth) and field-goal percentage (fifth at .800). He also ranks among the NCAA leaders in field goals made (tied for eighth) and scoring (41st). Swenson ranks second on the team in scoring with 94 points, converting 20-of-25 field-goal attempts and all 34 extra-point tries. Aaron Bates ranks fourth in the Big Ten and No. 26 in the nation in punting with his 42.3-yard average. Eighteen of his 66 punts (27 percent) this season have been downed inside the opponent's 20-yard line.

Record: UGA, 1-0 • Last: UG, 34-27 (1989 at Gator Bowl)

Georgia and Michigan State have met once prior to this year's game at the 1989 Gator Bowl... The Bulldogs won 34-27 in Jacksonville, Fla... It was former head coach/athletic director Vince Dooley's final game as Georgia's coach as he concluded his Hall of Fame career with 201 wins and led Georgia to the 1980 national championship, six Southeastern Conference titles and 20 bowl games in his tenure...Georgia will be making its fifth appearance in Orlando in what is now known as the Capital One Bowl. Georgia is 2-1-1 in Orlando... The Bulldogs first trip to Orlando came in 1974 for the Tangerine Bowl, a 21-10 loss to Miami, Ohio...The Bulldogs most recent trip to the Capital One Bowl came on Jan. 1, 2004, a thrilling 34-27 overtime triumph for the #11 Bulldogs over #12 Purdue... Georgia built a 24-0 lead over the Boilermakers before Purdue managed to cut it to 24-10 at the half... The Boilermakers then tied the game at 24-all with nine seconds left. In overtime, Kregg Lumpkin plunged in from one yard out for the winning touchdown.


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