It’s like deja vu all over again for the Georgia Bulldogs and the Nebraska Cornhuskers. This time though, the destination is slightly different. Last New Year’s Day the Bulldogs and Cornhuskers met in Orlando for the Capital One Bowl. On Wednesday for another New Year’s Day Bowl, the state is the same only the city is slightly north in Jacksonville for the Gator Bowl.
To be honest, the Gator Bowl didn’t want this as its first choice. The aim was to bring in Michigan to face Georgia, but with the Wolverines taken before the committee was left with either the rematch or with Minnesota also out of the Big Ten. It was a simple business decision, because the Golden Gopher fans do not travel well.
We know that the Georgia fans will be out in full though, and the Gator Bowl couldn’t be happier with the decision. The Bulldogs play annually in Jacksonville against Florida so this is a familiar scene for them.
Georgia enters the season 8-4 on the year. It was a disappointing result for the preseason No.5 team in College Football. But injuries were the storyline for 2013. The Bulldogs suffered key injuries at the running back, wide receiver, and quarterback positions. Aaron Murray will not be on the field to lead Georgia in what would have been his final game in a Bulldog uniform. The ACL tear he suffered against Kentucky ended his career at Georgia. Hutson Mason will make his second-career start. The first was quite exciting, leading the Bulldogs to a double-OT win on the road against rival Georgia Tech to close out the regular season.
Nebraska’s record mirrors that of Georgia, but two losses over the course of the last three games was not the way head coach Bo Pelini wanted things to end. It was capped off by a 38-17 loss to Iowa in the final game of the season.
Georgia won the Capital One Bowl last year over Nebraska, and during the BCS era the Bulldogs are the best in the SEC in bowl games (11-4).
The Bulldogs are set as nine-point favorites over the Cornhuskers to get back-to-back bowl wins over them. Bovada Sportsbook has also installed a moneyline for the game. Georgia is going off at -350 ($3.50 wins $1) to win the game outright with no spread. A bet on Nebraska is profiting close to 3 to 1 at +275 ($1 wins $2.75).
The point total for this one is set quite high at 60 points. The offenses are the strengths of both teams + Georgia has a couple of key defenders suspended for this one.