Monday, December 31, 2012

PS Bowl-A-Thon 2012: Capital One Bowl

Capital One has the highest payout of any non-BCS Bowl. You think these aren't working?

The When/Where:
Tuesday, January 1st at 1 p.m. EST. Citrus Bowl, Orlando. ABC.

The Who:
#7 Georgia Bulldogs (11-2, 7-1 SEC) vs. #16 Nebraska Cornhuskers (10-3, 7-1 Big 10)

The Why:
The losers of the SEC and Big 10 Championship games meet in Orlando. Georgia lost to Alabama and watched its dreams of going to Miami expire (get it, Capital One, credit either). Nebraska made a fool of themselves in Indianapolis and allowed 70 points to a middling Wisconsin team.

What Smartypants Accounting Guy Would Tell You:
Nebraska is eighth in rushing with Taylor Martinez, Rex Burkhead and Ameer Abdullah leading the way. The Cornhusker offense averages over 35 ppg. The Blackshirts lead the nation in pass defense.

The Bulldogs has scored 37 ppg, no small feat in the SEC.  Murray has thrown for 31 touchdowns against 8 INT’s. Freshman Running Back Todd Gurley led the SEC with 1,260 rushing yards. He hopes to find the same gaps that allowed Wisky to run all over Nebraska.

Pool Prognosticators Pattern:
Georgia is one of the schools that I wish I would have attended. I came to this realization after a trip to Athens on spring break. Southern accents, columns, tradition, football…I just don’t know what I was thinking. Plus, Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil was centered there.

Nebraska. Before Nebraska was a B1G school, I was a charter member of the Nebraska loathing club. Relatives are from there. I have a cousin who goes there. But now they are in the Big Ten and I do want the conference to do well. But still, its Nebraska. Now they are Iowa's rival, so any success is by definition bad for the Hawks.

The Vegas Edge:
UGA by 10 Over/Under is 61.

The Sweatpants Verdict:
Georgia is the better team, but I’m not convinced they are excited to be here. A play away from going to the national championship game, will make anything else seem pointless. Nebraska has to atone for being beaten badly in Indy.

Georgia 31 Nebraska 28.

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