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Capital One Bowl: Georgia (9-3) vs. Michigan State (9-3)

Posted by ESPN.com's Chris Low

There was so much hype for Georgia in the preseason that it was going to be impossible to live up to all the gaudy expectations.

The Bulldogs went into the season ranked No. 1 in the polls, but even before they lost their first game, there was trouble. Starting left tackle Trinton Sturdivant went down with a season-ending knee injury during a scrimmage.

It was the start of an injury plague that tormented the Bulldogs (9-3) all season long. They went from the national championship race and SEC championship race to the middle of the Eastern Division standings.

They head into their Jan. 1 Capital One Bowl matchup with Michigan State on the heels of their most disappointing game of the season. Georgia Tech rolled up 409 yards rushing with its option offense and beat Georgia 45-42 on Senior Day at Sanford Stadium. Think the Spartans might give it to Javon Ringer a few tiimes?

Poor tackling was the norm for the Bulldogs this season, and they ended the regular season by giving up 38 or more points in four of their last five games.

The problems on defense wasted one of the more complete efforts by a Georgia offense in a long time. Even coach Mark Richt admitted that threesomes like Matthew Stafford, Knowshon Moreno and A.J. Green don't come around every year.