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Capital One Bowl 2013: Does Nebraska Stand a Chance vs. Angry Georgia Team?

ATHENS, GA - SEPTEMBER 22: Aaron Murray #11 of the Georgia Bulldogs passes against the Vanderbilt Commodores at Sanford Stadium on September 22, 2012 in Athens, Georgia. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)
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Ian BergCorrespondent IDecember 20, 2012

The Nebraska Cornhuskers and Georgia Bulldogs are set to square off in the Capital One Bowl on January 1 in Orlando at 1 p.m. ET. The game will be televised by ABC. 

With the way that the Bulldogs left Atlanta, they are looking for redemption and there is not much that the Cornhuskers can do to stop it from being achieved. 

Both the Cornhuskers and Bulldogs are coming off of devastating losses in their respective conference championship games, but the Georgia loss hurt a little more. The Bulldogs were a few yards away from a national title appearance and were unable to pull out the win. 

After getting embarrassed by Wisconsin 70-31 in the Big Ten title game, Nebraska has some pride to fight for as well, but the Bulldogs are on another level.

Signs That Point to Georgia Win

Georgia has been very dangerous on offense this year, putting together the No. 19 scoring offense and the No. 27 total offense in the country. 

Aaron Murray finished the year No. 2 in passing efficiency picking apart defenses on his way to 11 wins this year. Georgia also saw the rise of the best freshmen running back tandem in the country with Keith Marshall and Todd Gurley storming onto the scene as a nasty one-two punch from the ground. 

The Georgia offense will score early and often, looking to find a way to prove that they should be playing in Miami, not Orlando. 

The Bulldogs pushed through the toughest conference in the country and almost walked away with the SEC title. This team has proven more on the big stage than the Cornhuskers, and they will carry that advantage into the game. 

One Advantage to the Huskers

One advantage that the Cornhuskers do have in this game is the ground attack. 

Nebraska has a very good dual-threat quarterback in Taylor Martinez, and two stud runners behind him in Rex Burkhead and Ameer Abdullah

Georgia is ranked No. 77 nationally against the run, struggling to stop opposing ground games with consistency despite having two projected first round draft picks at linebacker—Jarvis Jones and Alec Ogletree

The Cornhuskers will pound the ground with the football and hope to find the space that others have found against the Bulldogs earlier this season. 

If the Cornhuskers are to avoid another drubbing, they have to work the ground and control the clock.

Does Nebraska Stand a Chance?

At this point the Cornhuskers are heading to Orlando to get pounced by the Bulldogs. After the terrible showing against Wisconsin, it is hard to see a quick turnaround before the game comes on New Year’s Day. 

The Bulldogs are at the top of the SEC East and looking to close the season with a consolation win after losing the heart-breaker in Atlanta. 

Unless the Cornhuskers can get the ground game to churn up big yards and a few scores early, it will be another long day for the Huskers. 

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