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To beat the Capital One Bowl odds, you have to put a heck of a lot of work into the game. Our college football expert handicappers have done just that here at Cappers Info, and we think that we have the winning edge for the clash between the Nebraska Cornhuskers vs. Georgia Bulldogs.
Capital One Bowl Picks: Nebraska Cornhuskers vs. Georgia Bulldogs
Date: Tuesday, January 1st, 1:00 ET
Location: Florida Citrus Bowl, Orlando, FL
Capital One Bowl Betting Odds: Georgia -8.5
Nebraska vs. Georgia Live TV Coverage: ABC
The last time that we saw the Cornhuskers, they were busy getting trampled by the Wisconsin Badgers in the Big Ten Championship Game. They still have one of the best secondaries in the country, thus one of the best pass defenses in the land at 148.2 yards per game, but all of their defensive stats were skewed by the 70-31 loss in that one. The team had won six straight games in conference prior to that, but when Nebraska has been bad, it has been awful. We also really don’t trust QB Taylor Martinez, as he hasn’t proven all that much to us in his first few years with the Children of the Corn in the biggest games that he has played, and this is going to be a really tough test against a team that has a lot to prove in this one.
The Bulldogs came up just a few yards short of playing for the BCS National Championship this year, and they are going to be in the middle of a real fight in this one if they don’t bring their A-Game. If they do though, they really shouldn’t have all that much in the way of problems. QB Aaron Murray threw for 3,458 yards this year and has rounded into one of the best quarterbacks that the SEC has to offer, and RB Todd Gurley has matured quickly as a freshman and has a chance to break all sorts of school rushing records when push comes to shove if he stays for all four years in Athens. This year, Gurley had 1,260 yards and 16 trips to the end zone, and he played a yeoman’s game against the Crimson Tide in the SEC Championship Game.
Remember two years ago when Alabama was shut out of the BCS? The team came to the Sunshine State and blew the doors off of the Michigan State Spartans, whom many think were shafted out of the BCS that year. That’s sort of what this game reminds us of. Nebraska has allowed at least 63 points twice this year, and though we don’t think that that will ultimately happen again when push comes to shove, we just don’t see how Martinez is going to keep the ball moving against this unit. If he does, it’ll be a shock to us, as we think that this is going to be a one-romp from the opening kickoff. Look for the Dawgs to have their day, as they lock up finishing in the Top 5 in the country this year with a 12-2 record.
Nebraska vs. Georgia Pick: Georgia Bulldogs -8.5
Capital One Bowl Score Prediction: Georgia 45 – Nebraska 20