Nebraska Football: Calm Down Fans, Georgia Rematch Should Be Worth Your Time

Erin Sorensen@erinsorensenContributor IDecember 16, 2013

ORLANDO, FL - JANUARY 1: Members of the Nebraska Cornhuskers huddle before the Capital One Bowl against the Georgia Bulldogs at the Citrus Bowl on January 1, 2013 in Orlando, Florida. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)
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Apathy is abounding in Lincoln, Neb.

When it comes to the Nebraska football team's trip to the Gator Bowl, Husker fans seem to be over it.

In fact, this is the first time in 27 years that Executive Travel has had to cancel a charter to a Nebraska bowl game, per the Associated Press.

It's no secret that fans are unhappy about the bowl game destination and opponent.

Eric Olsen of the Associated Press summed up the general feelings of the Husker fanbase over the matchup, as reported by the Savannah Morning News.

Needless to say, the matchup hasn't provided fans with a lot to be excited about.

However, fans should try to calm down. The Gator Bowl is actually poised to be worth the time to watch.

It isn't ideal to play the same team in back-to-back bowls, especially after having much higher expectations heading into 2013.

Fans are reminded of the 2010 Holiday Bowl where the Huskers faced Washington after having just met during the regular season.

Seeing the Bulldogs again was not something fans wanted.

Regardless, Nebraska and Georgia will meet once again on Jan. 1st.

The matchup will be a pretty good one too.

Bleacher Report's Brian Pedersen is predicting a close game with Georgia barely winning 34-30. That's a far cry from last year's 45-31 loss for the Huskers.

That score could easily flip in Nebraska's favor as well.

Georgia may be a nine-point favorite, per Bovada, but this game feels like it will be much closer than that. That is likely why so many score predictions have the matchup close.

ESPN's Mark Schlabach has even ranked the Gator Bowl at No. 10 out of the 35 bowl games.

Top Ten Bowl Games from Best to Worst
1Vizio BCS National ChampionshipJan. 6 No. 1 Florida State (13-0) vs. No. 2 Auburn (12-1)
2Discover Orange BowlJan. 3No. 7 Ohio State (12-1) vs. No. 12 Clemson (10-2)
3Rose Bowl Game Presented by VizioJan. 1No. 4 Michigan State (12-1) vs. No. 5 Stanford (11-2)
4Allstate Sugar BowlJan. 2No. 3 Alabama (11-1) vs. No. 11 Oklahoma (10-2)
5AT&T Cotton BowlJan. 3No. 8 Missouri (11-2) vs. No. 13 Oklahoma State (10-2)
6Capital One BowlJan. 1No. 9 South Carolina (10-2) vs. No. 19 Wisconsin (9-3)
7Valero Alamo BowlDec. 30No. 10 Oregon (10-2) vs. Texas (8-4)
8Tostitos Fiesta BowlJan. 1No. 6 Baylor (11-1) vs. No. 15 Central Florida (11-1)
9Outback BowlJan. 1No. 16 LSU (9-3) vs. Iowa (8-4) Gator BowlJan. 1No. 22 Georgia (8-4) vs. Nebraska (8-4)

With that said, fans should feel excited about the prospects of this bowl matchup.

Playing Georgia again may seem less than ideal, but it provides a lot of potential for the Huskers to win.

Nebraska fans were looking forward to potentially playing Kansas State on Dec. 28th in the Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl. While the Big 12 nostalgia may have been fun, a win over the Wildcats would not carry the same weight that a win over the Bulldogs would.

Realistically, beating any SEC team would provide Nebraska an extra shot of momentum heading into the offseason. It would also bring positive national attention to the program.

Beating Kansas State would not have provided that. Again, the nostalgia would have been nice, but there was little else the Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl could have given Nebraska.

Instead, the Huskers are now being handed a chance to redeem last year's loss in the Capital One Bowl.

The location in 2014 may be different but the team is not.

It may not be exactly what fans wanted, but it's actually not a bad matchup.

In fact, it may just be the best matchup for the Huskers to win.

That's what makes it worth Husker fans' time.


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