NCAA Football

2010 Holiday Bowl Preview

| by Sports Nickel

December 30, 2010/10:00 pm Eastern

San Diego, CA - Qualcomm Stadium

 

 

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Nebraska Cornhuskers

(10-3/Big XII)

vs.

Washington Huskies

(6-6/Pac 10)
 

 

 Who’s excited about watching a rematch of a game that was 56-21 earlier this season? Yeah, me either. I don’t really understand why these two teams were matched together in the Holiday Bowl. We’ve already seen Nebraska go to Washington and win by 35. Why should this game be any different?

 In Nebraska’s final season in the Big XII before their exodus to the Big Ten, the Huskers won the Big XII’s North Division for a second season in a row. Nebraska fell just short in the Big XII Championship game with a 23-20 loss to Oklahoma to fall to 10-3 on the season heading into the bowl.

 Washington is a better team than they were when Nebraska rocked them in September, but they shouldn’t be playing in this game. The Huskies were 6-6 on the season and won their final three games over UCLA, California, and Washington State to garner bowl eligibility for the first time since 2002.

 KEY PLAYER

  • Nebraska: The battle of the QB’s will be what you have to keep your eye on in this game and Nebraska QB Taylor Martinez will be looking to replicate his performance against Washington earlier in the season. Martinez only threw for 150 yards and a touchdown in the first meeting, but he rushed for 137 yards with three touchdowns. It will be interesting to see whether or not Washington learned from the previous meeting and will be able to stop Taylor Martinez from running all over their defense.  
  • Washington: Washington goes as their QB Jake Locker goes and he will need to play much better against the Cornhuskers this time around. Locker’s draft stock began to plummet after his performance in Seattle against Nebraska. He completed only 4 of his 20 passes for 71 yards and tossed a pair of interceptions. Obviously, Washington has no chance in this game unless Jake Locker plays a lot better in the Holiday Bowl.  

KEY POSITIONAL BATTLE

It will be interesting to see how Jake Locker fares this time around against Nebraska’s stingy secondary. As previously mentioned Locker was dreadfully bad against the Huskers in the first meeting by only completing 20% of his passes and finishing with a passer rating of 46. Nebraska’s secondary, led by Thorpe finalist Prince Amukamara, give up only 150 yards per game through the air. It won’t just be the Nebraska secondary, but the Huskers pass rush that will bother Locker throughout the game and he will have to be at his best for the Huskies to have a shot at beating Nebraska in the rematch.

TALE OF THE TAPE

NEBRASKA

 

WASHINGTON

RUN OFFENSE

 

 

PASSING OFFENSE

RUN DEFENSE

 

PASSING DEFENSE

 

SPECIAL TEAMS

 

COACHING

 

 

INTANGIBLES

X-FACTOR

Motivation: It’s going to be interesting to see if Nebraska is motivated enough in this game. The Cornhuskers are coming off a deflating loss to Oklahoma in the Big XII Championship game and fell from a potential berth into a BCS bowl game all the way down to the Holiday Bowl because of it. Also, Nebraska already beat Washington and beat them badly, so it will be easy for them to be complacent coming into this game and that could lead to Washington making this game much closer than it should be. Expect Bo Pelini to have his team fired up and to make sure that they don’t have any mental lapses against the Huskies.

FINAL PREDICTION

Nebraska was the better team the first time around and that hasn’t changed since September. Washington is simply not on Nebraska’s level and as long as the Huskers don’t completely fall asleep at the wheel in this game, they shouldn’t have a whole lot of trouble. I don’t expect Nebraska to put up 56 points on Washington again and the game should be a little bit closer than the previous installment, but Nebraska shouldn’t have a whole lot of problems against Steve Sarkisian’s bunch.

PREDICTION: Nebraska 34, Washington 13

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