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 ]
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 .
Nebraska Bowl History
|1996||Orange Bowl||Virginia Tech||21||Nebraska||41||-15.5||NEBR|
|2003||Alamo Bowl||Michigan State||3||Nebraska||17||-3||NEBR|
|2011||Capital One Bowl||Nebraska||13||South Carolina||30||-3||S.CARO|
Georgia Bowl History
|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|
|2005||Sugar Bowl||West Virginia||38||Georgia||35||-7||WESTV|
|2006||Chick-Fil-A Bowl||Virginia Tech||24||Georgia||31||3||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