Capital One Bowl, January 1, 1:00pm Eastern
Line: Georgia, -8.5
The Capital One Bowl has earned its place as one of the top non-BCS bowls each and every season. The Capital One Bowl along with the Outback Bowl seem to flip-flop turns hosting the two conference championship game losers, and it usually results in a very entertaining game.
Not so much this season.
After a narrow defeat in the SEC Championship Game to Alabama, Georgia is going to be very hungry for a big win. In fact, one of the biggest things bugging head coach Mark Richt these days is the perception by some that his Bulldogs can't win the big games. A win over Nebraska would be a good first step to prove the naysayers wrong.
As for Nebraska, it's been a bit of a rough go for the Cornhuskers in their first two Big Ten seasons.
Last year, Nebraska didn't really come close to a conference title. In 2012, just when everything seems to be breaking the Huskers' way, Wisconsin decides to have one of those rare performances than utterly humiliates the opposition.
And Nebraska was certainly humiliated.
The Badgers—a team far inferior to Georgia—managed to put up 70 points on the seemingly hapless Cornhuskers (including 42 in the first half alone). Nebraska seemed to have absolutely no answer for the Wisconsin onslaught, and once again the Huskers are left to lick their wounds after a tussle with the Badgers.
The Bulldogs, for their part, are still one of the best teams in the nation (as was proven yet again last Saturday in the SEC Championship Game).
The spread on this game may only be eight-and-a-half points, but that seems pretty generous towards the Huskers, considering. If you're a Big Ten homer looking for a conference team to pick up a win against the evil SEC, this probably won't be a game you'll want to watch. The stout Georgia defense will have its way with Taylor Martinez, and every mistake the junior quarterback makes will be magnified by the athleticism and skill of the Bulldogs.
What's more, Nebraska's defense was absolutely dismantled by the Wisconsin ground game. The Badgers rushed for 539 yards last Saturday.
And if there's one team capable of duplicating that feat, it has to be Georgia with its dynamic tandem of Todd Gurley and Keith Marshall.