Tuesday, December 31, 2013

PS Bowl-A-Thon 2013: Gator Bowl

 Can't Wait? Watch last year's highlights between these two teams.

The When/Where:

Wednesday, January 1st at 12 p.m. EST. Jacksonville, FLA. ESPN2.

The Who:

Nebraska Cornhuskers (8-4, 5-3 B1G) vs. #22 Georgia Bulldogs (8-4, 5-3 SEC)

The Why:

The first televised bowl, the Gator Bowl kicks off what seems like a day long Big 10 vs  SEC match up. Northwestern beat Mississippi State here a year ago to salvage the Big Ten’s respect.  If this feels familiar, its because Georgia beat Nebraska in last year’s Capitol One Bowl.

The Cornpickers were a roller coaster the last 4 weeks, finding a way to beat Michigan, losing to Michigan State, beating Penn State in overtime and dropping the black Friday showcase with Iowa. Bo Pelini tried to get fired, but he’ll be back next year, barring a Woody Hayes like-incident at the Gator Bowl.

Georgia lost to Clemson to open the year, then defeated South Carolina and LSU to get back on track. They dropped back-to-back games to Missouri and Vanderbilt. It took double overtime to beat arch nemesis Georgia Tech.

What Smartypants Accounting Guy Would Tell You:
Neither Aaron Murray or Taylor Martinez will be on the field.

Junior Hutson Mason led the Bulldogs to a win in Atlanta over the Yellow Jackets. He threw for 299 yards and two tds. During the season, Georgia averaged 38 ppg and nearly 500 yards of offense per game.  The Bulldogs need a big game from Todd Gurley, who average over 6 yards per carry and 138 yrds/game.

Nebraska should have Tommy Armstrong ready to go after missing the finale. They will need a big contribution from Ameer Abdullah who went over 100 yards in all but two games. The famous Blackshirt defense will need to step up for a win.

Pool Prognosticators Pattern:

Its Nebraska and while in the Big 10, I’m just not rooting for them.

On the flip side, love Georgia. I was on campus earlier this year. Really should have gone there.

The Vegas Edge:

Georgia is a 9-point favorite with an over/under of 60.  The Bulldogs won by two touchdowns last year.

The Sweatpants Verdict

Too much uncertainty for Georgia on offense. Nebraska will make this a game.

Georgia 24 Nebraska 21.

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