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On 12/05/2013 01:50 PM in NCAA Football

SPOOKY'S TAXSLAYER.COM GATOR BOWL EXPRESS

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NEBRASKA vs. GEORGIA
Wednesday, Jan 1, 12:00 pm
ESPN2

To kick off the New Year we get a very good game between the Nebraska Cornhuskers and the Georgia Bulldogs. Both of these teams had high hopes to start the year, but injuries really hit both of these teams. Nebraska and Georgia actually met last year in a bowl game as well, but it'll be a new look for both sides, as both quarterbacks, Taylor Martinez and Aaron Murray are likely to be out for this one. Now we get two new look teams here, and both teams come into this one with 8-4 records.

This is the type of game where the two teams just have different styles of play, as Georgia really airs it out pretty often, averaging 313.8 yards per game in the air, which is 17th best in the country. Obviously a lot of that came with Aaron Murray leading the charge, but they'll likely still air it out pretty often. The Bulldogs still have a ton of talent on their roster, and I think we could see them put major points up.

For the Cornhuskers, it's about their run game. They rank 19th in the country in rushing yards per game with 221.7. The Cornhuskers are under 200 yards per game passing though, averaging 199.5 per game, and I think that this is a spot where if they get behind then catching up could end up being trouble, as Georgia's defense could key in on shutting down the pass then.

Offensive Points Per Game

If you want a game that should be projected to have some scoring, then this is it. The Cornhuskers come in here averaging 32.6 points per game, while the Bulldogs average a very nice 38.2 points per game. The defenses haven't been amazing, averaging 25.3 points per game and 29.4 points per game respectively. I really think offense is going to be big in this game.

Consensus

Georgia is currently a big favorite right now over the Cornhuskers, as they are laying around -10 on most sportsbooks. I think that the Bulldogs could very well win this game, but it won't be in a walk. The Cornhuskers have a very strong team, and I see them playing this to a single digit game. It may be high scoring, but I actually don't think Nebraska will have to play catch-up the entire game. I'm going to take the Cornhuskers +10 in the first of the New Years Day bowl games to start out 2014. This is another game that may go down to the final series and not decided until the very end. Have to lean on taking the points although I would have felt better with an interim coach on the sidelines for Nebraska since Pelini could do us more harm than good. Will update as we get closer to game.


NEBRASKA +10

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