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The game has the potential to be very negative, with South Carolina’s defense looking to neutralize a Nebraska offense under a rookie offensive coordinator with an erratically-throwing quarterback, and a Nebraska defense that tends to perform better against a less-mobile quarterback like Connor Shaw. It’s not like Shaw is a statue, though, as his seven rushing touchdowns is second only to Marcus Lattimore.
The long bowl layover will help Nebraska recover from the myriad of injuries facing the defense, which should make a difference in NU’s ability to hold up in the trenches. Bo Pelini will be anxious to have his team acquit itself after the no-show performance NU delivered in the Holiday Bowl.
In the end, though, clichés reign. The Gamecocks bring an SEC-level defense against a Nebraska team struggling to find offensive rhythm. Look for South Carolina to edge out a low-scoring affair.
South Carolina 17, Nebraska 13
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