Nebraska Cornhuskers (9-3) at Southern Cal Trojans (8-4)
|Date & Time||Saturday December 27, 2014, 8:00 PM (EST)|
The Line: Southern Cal Trojans -4.5 -- Over/Under: 62
The Nebraska Cornhuskers and the USC Trojans face off on Saturday in San Diego in the Holiday Bowl.
The Nebraska Cornhuskers finished the season at 9-3 closing it out with an overtime win over Iowa. Nebraska’s offense is averaging 37.4 points and 446.2 yards per game led by QB Tommy Armstrong Jr. who completed 51.7 percent of his passes with 19 touchdowns and 11 interceptions and he rushed for 664 yards and five touchdowns. Ameer Abdullah leads the Huskers ground attack with 1,523 yards and 18 touchdowns and Jordan Westerksmp had 41 catches and four touchdowns and Kenny Bell had 40 catches and five touchdowns. The Nebraska defense allows 24.8 points and 372.8 yards per game with 22 takeaways and 28 sacks. Zaire Anderson has 95 tackles, Nate Gerry has 85 tackles and five interceptions, and Corey Cooper had 65 tackles. Nebraska will be without coach Bo Pelini who was fired after their final regular season game.
The USC Trojans finished their season at 8-4 and won three of their last four games. USC’s offense is averaging 35.1 points and 452.8 yards per game and are led by QB Cody Kessler who completed 70.7 percent of his passes with 36 touchdowns and four interceptions. Javorius Allen rushed for 1,337 yards and nine touchdowns and Nelson Agholor was the Trojans leading receiver with 97 catches and 11 touchdowns. USC’s defense allows 23.8 points and 398.2 yards per game with 22 takeaways and 30 sacks. Hayes Pullard has 87 tackles, Leonard Williams has 71 tackles and 6.0 sacks, and Anthony Sarao had 70 tackles. USC never reached their potential this season mainly because of flat out lousy head coaching.
Nebraska is 5-1 against the spread in their last six non-conference games, 0-4 against the spread against the Pac-12, and 1-3-1 against the spread in their last five games. USC is 5-1 against the spread in their last six bowl games, 9-2 against the spread against the Big Ten, and 5-2 against the spread in their last seven neutral site games.
Expect a ton of offense from both teams and though there are some of the better players in the game on defense in this one, this one goes over the total.