The 2013 Capital One Bowl will take place on New Years Day and we will see the Georgia Bulldogs take on the Nebraska Cornhuskers in Orlando, Florida. The game is scheduled for a 1:00 PM (Eastern) start time and it will be televised live on ABC. Currently the odds for the game have Georgia favored by 9 points, while the total sits at 61. Check out Sportsbook Spy to find out what side the Public is taking on all today's games.
Free Analysis: The Bulldogs' hopes for their first national title since 1980 were dashed by second-ranked Alabama in the SEC Championship Game, as the Crimson Tide prevailed with a late score to earn a spot in the BCS title game against top- ranked Notre Dame. Georgia, which was ranked No. 3 in the country entering the pseudo-national semifinal game, also lost last year's SEC Championship to LSU in blowout fashion. Georgia is making its 16th consecutive bowl appearance but has lost its last two bowl games, including a triple-overtime setback to Michigan State in last season's Outback Bowl. Junior quarterback Aaron Murray broke the Georgia record for career touchdown passes (90), surpassing David Greene's total (72) by 18. Murray also became the first QB in SEC history to have three consecutive 3,000-yard passing seasons. He has thrown 31 touchdowns this season with only eight interceptions, and his 3,466 passing yards and 65.4 completion percentage were both career-highs. Freshman running back Todd Gurley got better and better as the season progressed, and he stepped up with 122 yards rushing and two scores on 23 carries against Alabama's stingy defense. Gurley enters this matchup as the SEC's second-leading rusher with 1,260 rushing yards and 16 touchdowns on 199 carries (6.3 ypc). Georgia boasts the No. 2 pass defense (173.5 ypg) in the SEC as well as the nation's No. 17 scoring defense (18.8 ppg). All-American junior linebacker Jarvis Jones battled injuries to rack up 77 tackles and 12.5 sacks in 11 games. He also forced a conference-best seven fumbles, recovering two, en route to SEC Defensive Player of the Year honors.
Nebraska has also dropped its last two bowl games and is playing in the Capital One Bowl for the second straight season after falling to South Carolina a year ago. The Big Ten Legends Division champion Cornhuskers carried a six-game winning streak into the league title bout with Wisconsin, a team they had already beaten earlier in the season. However, the Badgers returned the favor the second time around with a 70-31 drubbing. Nebraska quarterback Taylor Martinez has produced five 100-yard rushing games this season, and containing him on the ground will be a key focus of Georgia's defense. Martinez finished the season as the Big Ten leader in passing efficiency and total offense. He has completed 62.2 percent of his passes with 21 touchdowns and 10 interceptions, averaging 205 yards per game through the air and another 75 on the ground with 10 rushing TDs. While Martinez has been the focal point of the offense, coordinator Tim Beck said he is excited to have senior I-back Rex Burkhead back and fully healthy, given what he brings to the offense. Burkhead ran for 1,357 yards and 15 TDs last season, but a knee injury has limited him to only 74 carries this season, with 27 of those totes coming in the last two games. Nebraska's defense is somewhat of an enigma. The Cornhuskers own the nation's No. 1 pass defense, allowing a mere 148.2 yards per game to opposing QBs. But part of the reason for that is because teams have found plenty of success attacking Nebraska on the ground, as the Huskers are 95th in the country in rushing defense (195 ypg). After holding Iowa to seven points on the road a week earlier, Nebraska allowed Wisconsin to run wild for 539 yards and eight touchdowns in the Big Ten title game. The Badgers averaged a first down per carry as a team (10.8 ypc), as three different rushers went over 100 yards, including two who eclipsed the 200-yard mark.
Free Pick: I like the Over in this game. People can say all they want about neither team being motivated in this one, but I think it will be different. Georgia wants to bounce back after late game blunders vs Alabama cost them a shot at the national title, while Nebraska has been itching to get back on the field after getting blasted by Wisconsin in the Big 10 title game. The Georgia Offense has been very good this year as they have averaged 37 ppg on 459 ypg of offense. The Bulldogs have averaged 30 ppg vs bowl teams this year, which includes putting up the second most points (28) on Alabama this year. If they can score that much on Bama they should be able to put up plenty here vs a Nebraska team that allowed 28 ppg to bowl teams, including 70 to Wisconsin in their last game. The Huskers do have the top rated pass defense, but that's mostly because teams have run for 195 ypg on them. Georgia will run on them, and then hit some big plays through the air. The Husker offense has averaged 35 ppg overall and 31 ppg vs Bowl teams and should score on a banged up Georgia team, especially since the will have a healthy Burkhead back for this one. I expect an exciting game here with plenty of points being scored as this one hits 65+.
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