JACKSONVILLE, Fla. ‚Äî Pelini downplayed the Big Ten vs. SEC bowl matchups. There are three of those pairings on New Year‚Äôs Day in the Gator Bowl, Capital One (Wisconsin-South Carolina) and Outback (Iowa-LSU).
Over the last three seasons, the SEC is 7-2 against the Big Ten in Jan. 1 bowl games.
‚ÄúI‚Äôm not worried about that perception,‚Äù the Cornhuskers coach said. ‚ÄúAt the end of the day, it‚Äôs our next game. As far as conferences or what the perception is, I don‚Äôt worry about all that stuff. It‚Äôs about our football team, our program and I can say this. The way our conference is playing right now, I think the future of this conference can stand up against anybody.‚Äù
Nebraska has lost to SEC members Georgia and South Carolina in the Capital One Bowl each of the last two years. The Huskers are 12-7 all-time against SEC teams.