<
>

Michigan State will face Georgia in Capital One Bowl

12/7/2008

Posted by ESPN.com's Adam Rittenberg

The Capital One Bowl took a little longer than expected to finalize its selections, but as expected, Michigan State will head to Orlando to face Georgia on Jan. 1 at Citrus Bowl Stadium.

The Spartans (9-3) finished in third place in the Big Ten and will make their first January bowl appearance since the 2000 Citrus Bowl. The bowl matchup will feature two of the nation's top running backs in Michigan State's Javon Ringer and Georgia's Knowshon Moreno.

Here are some quotes about Michigan State's bowl announcement.

Florida Citrus Sports executive director Steve Hogan -- "This will be a showcase for two of the best running backs in the country, in Michigan State's Javon Ringer and Georgia's Knowshon Moreno. Both Michigan State and Georgia have something to prove at 9-3, and conference bragging rights are on the line with the Big Ten winning the bowl's last four games to bring the head-to-head record to 8-8 over the last 16 years."

Michigan State head coach Mark Dantonio -- "We're building a foundation here and last year, we took the first step with a bowl appearance in the Champs Sports Bowl. We said the next step in the building process was earning a bid to a New Year's Day bowl. Some may have scoffed at that notion, but our players worked extremely hard and made that goal a reality. This team found a way to win close ballgames and put itself in a position to compete for a share of the Big Ten championship in the final week. We're looking forward to going down to Orlando to represent the Big Ten with the intent to earn back some respect. We'll be motivated to play an extremely talented and explosive Georgia football team."