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Nebraska vs. No. 22 Georgia
Wednesday, Jan. 1, noon (ESPN2)
Nebraska has had several different quarterbacks through a roller-coaster 2013 campaign, but running back Ameer Abdullah has been the constant through it all.
As the Big Ten's leading rusher, Abdullah has amassed 1,568 yards and eight touchdowns, going for 85 or more yards in each game this season.
Early in bowl preparation, before doing any intensive film study, Georgia head coach Mark Richt was impressed by the work done by Abdullah this season. According to Josh Harvey of BigRedReport.com, Richt said:
They’ve got Abdullah rushing for almost 1,600 yards, so that’s very impressive. I think they’ve got about seven starters back on offense and about four starters back on defense, but that’s about as far as I’ll go as far as the scouting report goes until I can study them a little bit better and do it some justice.
The Bulldogs gave up more than 100 rushing yards in each of their four losses this year, including 323 from Auburn.
Meanwhile, the UGA offense will be in flux with junior backup Hutson Mason at the helm after the season-ending injury to Aaron Murray.
To take pressure off of the new signal-caller, the Dawgs will have to ratchet up the defensive intensity, which starts with stopping Abdullah.