Published December 7, 2011 - 11:00am
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South Carolina will be taking on No. 20 ranked Nebraska Cornhuskers in the Capital One Bowl in Orlando on January 2 at 1:00 PM ET.
Record: 9-3 in Big Ten Conference
Rushing Offense: 13th (223.9)
Passing Offense: 103rd (166.6)
Points For: 43rd (30.5)
Points Against: 39th (22.8)
How did they fair in big games? Nebraska played four ranked teams in 2011 in Wisconsin, Michigan State, Penn State and Michigan, and they were 2-2 in those four games, losing to both Wisconsin and Michigan.
Major Players: There are three players to watch for Nebraska. The first is sophomore quarterback Taylor Martinez, who is not known as a passer. He has thrown for 1,973 yards this season with 12 touchdowns and seven interceptions, and he has rushed for 837 yards. Running back Rex Burkhead leads the Huskers with 1,268 yards and 15 touchdowns. Linebacker Lavonte David leads the team in tackles with 122 total with 3.5 sacks and two interceptions.
Best Matchup: I want to see this bull-headed rushing attack of Nebraska taking on South Carolina’s fast and physical defense. Nebraska has not seen a defense as fast or physical this season, yet.
Interesting Tidbit: This game is interesting for a couple different reasons, but one is Steve Spurrier gets another shot at Nebraska. The Cornhuskers throttled the Gators in the National Championship game 62-24 after the 1995 season, and I’m sure Spurrier thinks about that game often before he closes his eyes at night. Well, he gets another shot at the Huskers in Orlando. This should be fun, and if Spurrier can somehow run up the score to get back at the new Big Ten members, I’m sure he probably will.