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Georgia Bulldogs vs. Nebraska Cornhuskers Gator Bowl Pick-Odds-Prediction 1/1/14

Nebraska Cornhuskers (8-4) at Georgia Bulldogs (8-4)

College Football: Wednesday, January 1, 2014 at 12:00 pm (EverBank Field)

The Line: Georgia Bulldogs -9-- Over/Under: 60.5 See the Latest Odds


The Georgia Bulldogs play the Nebraska Cornhuskers in the Gator Bowl on Wednesday afternoon.

Nebraska finished the regular season with an 8-4 record overall and 5-3 in the Big Ten. RB Ameer Abdullah ranks seventh in the country in rushing with 1,568 yards and 8 touchdowns this season. Most of the Nebraska offensive line that got wrecked by injuries during the season is expected to be back in place by the bowl game, including OT Jeremiah Sirles, OG Jake Cotton and C Cole Pensick. The Cornhuskers finished last in the Big Ten and in a tie for 118th in the country in turnover margin (minus-12). Buoyed by the emergence of DE Randy Gregory (Big Ten-high 8.5 sacks), Nebraska yielded an average of 306 yards after it gave up 410.4 over its first seven contests.

Georgia Bulldogs vs. Nebraska Cornhuskers Gator Bowl Pick-Odds-Prediction 1/1/14

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The Georgia Bulldogs finished 8-4 overall and 5-3 in the SEC during the regular season. QB Hutson Mason will start for the Bulldogs in place of Aaron Murray. RB Todd Gurley, who rushed for 903 yards and 10 touchdowns this season, closed the season by gouging Georgia Tech for 122 yards on the ground and four total touchdowns. Injuries derailed the Bulldogs from the outset, ending the season for key players such as DE Malcolm Mitchell, WR Justin Scott-Wesley and RB Keith Marshall. Gurley also missed three games due to an ankle injury, but the offense averaged 41.2 points once Gurley returned. Georgia gave up at least 30 points to eight opponents and finished last in the SEC in passing yards allowed per attempt (7.6).

The Bulldogs downed the Cornhuskers in the Capital One Bowl last season, but both teams will be without the record-setting quarterbacks who appeared in that game. Georgia’s Aaron Murray tore his ACL in late November while Nebraska’s Taylor Martinez missed most of the season with a foot injury. This year’s matchup should be high scoring and I think it will be close down to the end. I’m taking the points with Nebraska and the over.

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