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Capital One Bowl betting preview

In a match-up of conference runner-ups 11-2 Georgia and 10-3 Nebraska hook up in the Capital One Bowl New Year's Day in Orlando (1 pm ET, ABC).

For the early Capital One Bowl betting odds the Bulldogs, after losing an instant-classic to Alabama in the SEC championship game, were favored by nine points over the 'Huskers, who got blown out by Wisconsin in the Big Ten title game.

Four of the past 5 Capital One Bowls played UNDER total, so watch bowl totals on this matchup. [ More Capital One Bowl betting trends, matchup details and more, click here ]

View Nebraska vs Georgia Odds and Stats.

Betting Line: The home team opened as 8.5-point favorites in this NCAA football battle at 5Dimes. The over under line was 59 in early bowl wagering at Bovada.

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Nebraska Bowl History


Year Bowl Team1 Score Team2 Score Team2Line ATS win
1995 Fiesta Bowl Florida 24 Nebraska 62 -3.5 NEBR
1996 Orange Bowl Virginia Tech 21 Nebraska 41 -15.5 NEBR
1997 Orange Bowl Tennessee 17 Nebraska 42 -7.5 NEBR
1998 Holiday Bowl Nebraska 20 Arizona 23 3.5 ARIZON
1999 Fiesta Bowl Tennessee 21 Nebraska 31 -3.5 NEBR
2000 Alamo Bowl Nebraska 66 Northwestern 17 14.5 NEBR
2001 Rose Bowl Nebraska 14 Miami 37 -8.5 MIAMI
2002 Independence Bowl Nebraska 23 Mississippi 27 7 MISS
2003 Alamo Bowl Michigan State 3 Nebraska 17 -3 NEBR
2005 Alamo Bowl Nebraska 32 Michigan 28 -10 NEBR
2006 Cotton Bowl Nebraska 14 Auburn 17 -2.5 AUBRN
2008 Gator Bowl Clemson 21 Nebraska 26 -1 NEBR
2009 Holiday Bowl Nebraska 33 Arizona 0 2 NEBR
2010 Holiday Bowl Washington 19 Nebraska 7 -13.5 WASH
2011 Capital One Bowl Nebraska 13 South Carolina 30 -3 S.CARO

Georgia Bowl History


Year Bowl Team1 Score Team2 Score Team2Line ATS win
1995 Chick-Fil-A Bowl Georgia 27 Virginia 34 -6 VIRGNA
1997 Outback Bowl Wisconsin 6 Georgia 33 -8.5 GEORGI
1998 Chick-Fil-A Bowl Georgia 35 Virginia 33 -2 GEORGI
1999 Outback Bowl Georgia 28 Purdue 25 5.5 PURDUE
2000 Oahu Bowl Georgia 37 Virginia 14 9.5 GEORGI
2001 Music City Bowl Boston College 20 Georgia 16 -4 BOST.C
2002 Sugar Bowl Georgia 26 Florida State 13 7.5 GEORGI
2003 Capital One Bowl Georgia 34 Purdue 27 3.5 GEORGI
2004 Outback Bowl Wisconsin 21 Georgia 24 -7 WISCSN
2005 Sugar Bowl West Virginia 38 Georgia 35 -7 WESTV
2006 Chick-Fil-A Bowl Virginia Tech 24 Georgia 31 3 GEORGI
2007 Sugar Bowl Hawaii 10 Georgia 41 -8 GEORGI
2008 Capital One Bowl Michigan State 12 Georgia 24 -9 GEORGI
2009 Independence Bowl Texas A&M 20 Georgia 44 -6.5 GEORGI
2010 Liberty Bowl Central Florida 10 Georgia 6 -6 UCF
2011 Outback Bowl Michigan State 33 Georgia 30 -2.5 MICHST

How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Georgia's No. 18-ranked offense (37.2 PPG) against a Cornhuskers defense that ranks No. 56 at 26.2 PPG. The Bulldogs passing attack has averaged 274.2 yards per game, more than the Cornhuskers give up through the air (148.2 YPG on average).

Defensively, the Cornhuskers feature the league's No. 124-rated road run defense, allowing 296.7 yards per game. Georgia, meanwhile, ranks No. 36 in rushing offense at home.

Nebraska was a 70-31 loser in their most recent outing on the road against Wisconsin. They failed to cover the 3-point spread as favorites, while the total score (101) made winners of OVER bettors. Taylor Martinez tore up the turf for 140 rushing yards in the latest Cornhuskers game, a 70-31 loss to the Badgers at Lucas Oil Stadium.

Georgia was a 32-28 loser in its last match at home against Alabama. They covered the 9-point spread as underdogs, while the total score of 60 sent OVER bettors to the payout window. Todd Gurley went over the 100-yard mark (122) in his team's latest effort, but Alabama still defeated Georgia by a score of 32-28.

Nebraska Cornhuskers Trends:
When playing in January are 4-3
When playing on grass are 6-4
After being outgained are 8-2
When an underdog on the road are 1-9

Georgia Bulldogs Trends:
When playing in January are 7-2
When playing on grass are 9-1
After being outgained are 4-6
When favored at home are 10-0

A few Cornhuskers at Bulldogs trends to consider:
Nebraska is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games
Nebraska is 3-5-1 ATS in its last 9 games
Georgia is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games