The Capital One Bowl is nothing new to the Georgia Bulldogs as they have won four of their last five games in Orlando.
This year, the trend should continue because the Bulldogs come into the game as a nine-point favorite against the Nebraska Cornhuskers.
The question for Georgia is: How motivated will they be after suffering a tough loss to Alabama in the SEC Championship game? Because if they aren’t, then Nebraska will pull the upset, which would leave a more bitter taste in the Bulldogs fans mouths.
But with nearly a month after the end of the SEC Championship game, the Bulldogs will be ready to go and should win the game with ease.
The first reason is probably the most important and that’s talent. The Cornhuskers have a great amount of gifted players on the roster. But it pales in comparison to Georgia.
Nebraska quarterback Taylor Martinez has accounted for 3,500 yards of offense and 31 touchdowns. But he will go up against a front-seven that includes All-American Jarvis Jones, Alec Ogletree and Kwame Geathers.
On the flip side, the Nebraska defense is led by a very talented safety Daimion Stafford. But once he sees the quick decision-making by Georgia QB Aaron Murray who torched a dynamic Alabama defense, he will be chasing Malcolm Mitchell and Tavarres King all over the field, and that will lead to more big plays in the air and on the ground for the Bulldogs.
This leads to the second reason and that is Keith Marshall and Todd Gurley.
Make no mistake about Nebraska because their run game is as dangerous as they come, as it features running backs Rex Burkhead, Ameer Abdullah and Martinez.
But the Bulldogs will counter the Cornhuskers run game with running backs Marshall and Gurley.
Both have a combined rushing total of over 1,900 yards and 24 touchdowns this season. Gurley and Marshall each bring something different and the Cornhuskers will have a tough time keeping up with the two Bulldogs backs on New Year’s Day. Nebraska already had a hard time stopping Wisconsin’s ground game as well as Ohio State’s, giving up nearly 1,000 rushing yards in the Cornhuskers' last two losses. The Bulldogs should have no problems running against a reeling Nebraska defense.
The final reason is momentum. Both teams did lose their respective conference championship games, but Georgia looks like the team that is riding high after a strong performance against Alabama.
That game showed that Georgia can play with anybody, which is something they have been lacking the last few years.
Nebraska, on the other hand suffered a demoralizing loss against Wisconsin and it’s unknown how they will respond, especially with them realizing they are facing what could be their toughest opponent so far this season.
However, the Cornhuskers do have a chance to win the game. All they have to do is get off to a fast start on offense and the defense has to limit big plays from Murray, Marshall and Gurley.
But even if they do that, Georgia has too much talent and balance on both sides of the ball and that could lead to the game being over by halftime if the Cornhuskers aren’t careful.