Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports
Including preseason expectations in this conversation is certainly a dangerous prospect because fans of almost every team will hold the preseason optimism necessary to believe a BCS bowl berth is possible.
If one considers just the objective measures of the major preseason polls, it becomes clear that the Capital One Bowl is a much more welcoming place for the Huskers.
Nebraska was inexplicably overlooked by the vast majority of news outlets prior to the start of the Big Ten schedule. The consensus was seemingly that Wisconsin would take on the winner of the Michigan-Michigan State game for the Big Ten crown. The Huskers were expected to fall to a lower bowl, such as the Capital One Bowl.
Georgia, however, was surrounded by hype heading into 2012. Although they fulfilled those expectations with their on-field performance, winning their division and contending for a National Championship Game berth, their absence from the BCS slate must be a disappointment after such a lofty preseason ranking.
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