Georgia Bulldogs Will Play Gator Bowl for Aaron Murray

Kim Klement, USA TODAY SPORTS

The Georgia Bulldogs face the Nebraska Cornhuskers in the Gator Bowl on New Year’s Day. And while it seems that neither of these teams have a lot to play for, that actually is not the case.

Especially for Georgia, this game can mean quite a bit. In the next-to-last game of the year, Georgia senior quarterback Aaron Murray went down with a season-ending knee injury, bringing to a close one of the greatest careers in Southeastern Conference history.

The Bulldogs did go ahead and finish off the Kentucky Wildcats in the game when Murray was injured, and they also rallied to beat their arch rivals, the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets, in the regular season finale.

Now, Georgia has another chance to play their best one more time for their fallen leader. Murray was respected and admired by every Bulldog, and the team would like nothing better than to deliver a bowl game victory to him.

Hutson Mason, now the Georgia starting quarterback, played fairly well against Georgia Tech. Mason will be relied on once again in the bowl game, as will sophomore running back Todd Gurley.

The other thing that this game can do for Mark Richt and his Bulldogs is that it can provide a springboard to spring practice, and to the 2014 season. A strong result in the bowl will give everyone in Athens hope that the 2014 season, even without Murray, can be a success.

Georgia will play for its fallen quarterback and for a jump start to next year, so the Bulldogs have plenty to play for in this game.

Tim Letcher is a contributing writer for RantSports.com and a member of the Football Writers Association of America. Follow him on Twitter @TimLetcher , on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.

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