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2013 Capital One Bowl Predictions & Picks: Nebraska vs. Georgia 1/1

December 31st, 2012 by Adam Markowitz (Bankroll Sports Columnist) | Posted in College Football   Comments Off on 2013 Capital One Bowl Predictions & Picks: Nebraska vs. Georgia 1/1
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Capital One Bowl 20132013 Capital One Bowl picks are going to be entertaining to make this year, as we have two teams that are going to be going at it against each other in what could be an unpredictable game in the Georgia Bulldogs and the Nebraska Cornhuskers. Join us for our Capital One Bowl keys to the game and our Nebraska vs. Georgia predictions.

2013 Capital One Bowl: Georgia Bulldogs vs. Nebraska Cornhuskers
2013 Capital One Bowl Location: Florida Citrus Bowl, Orlando, FL
2013 Capital One Bowl Date/Time: Tuesday, January 1st, 1:00 p.m. (ET)
2013 Capital One Bowl On TV: ABC

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Key #1: Taylor Martinez has to get over his poor history in big time games
For all of the pomp and circumstance that came with QB Taylor Martinez to Lincoln, he really hasn’t figured out how to live up to the hype that he built for himself out of high school and in the very beginning of his collegiate career. In this, his junior year, Martinez was supposed to become a more accomplished quarterback. He did set career highs for passing yards, completion percentage, TDs, and quarterback rating, and he had a great year as a rusher as well. However, the dude has to learn how to throw the football in a big time game, and doing so against the vaunted Georgia defense is not a good way to learn on the job. Martinez did rush for 140 yards and two TDs in the Big Ten Championship Game, but he also threw for just 184 yards and two picks on just a 51.5% completion percentage. In two bowl games, Martinez has gone just 17-of-25 for 169 yards with two TDs and two picks through the air with 60 yards on the ground. Take away the two picks, and those are great numbers for just one game, but this is two games that we’re talking about. Martinez is developing the moniker of being a quarterback that can’t play in the clutch, and if he lives up to that in this one, the Huskers stand absolutely no chance.

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Georgia Bulldogs -8.5
Nebraska Cornhuskers +8.5
Over/Under 60.5
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Key #2: Aaron Murray has to show no fear to throw into the teeth of this secondary
To say that we think that the Cornhuskers are overrated in the secondary is a bit of an understatement. Yes, this unit ranked No. 1 in the land against the rush at 148.2 yards per game allowed this year, but in truth, who in the heck did the Huskers play that has a passing game? QB Brett Hundley threw for over 300 yards and four TDs in what probably amounted to be the best quarterback that the Children of the Corn played against all year long, and that’s a good sign if you’re QB Aaron Murray. Murray has been playing against some of the best defenses in the game all year long in the SEC, and he has never backed down from a challenge. There isn’t a throw that the sophomore can’t make, and he threw for 3,458 yards and 31 TDs with three more on the ground. That’s tremendous efficiency to say the least. Murray has to stick with his guns. He won’t be asked to put the ball in the air 40 times in this one, but he’ll need to make a dozen big throws or so in traffic. We have no doubt that he’ll get the job done on those throws, but he has to do so to make sure that the Dawgs loosen up the front seven.


Key #3: The Nebraska defense has to avoid literally getting run over
The Wisconsin Badgers rushed for 539 yards against the Cornhuskers in the Big Ten Championship Game. The Ohio State Buckeyes rumbled for 371 when they welcomed Nebraska to Columbus earlier in the campaign. In those two games, the Huskers allowed a total of 133 points and an average of 9.3 yards per carry. Both games had the same type of feeling to them. A 31-yard run by QB Braxton Miller opened up the floodgates for a huge second half for the Buckeyes in which they had three TD runs of at least 16 yards. RB Melvin Gordon rumbled in from 56 yards out right at the beginning of the Big Ten title game, and there ended up being five touchdown runs that covered at least 10 yards in that game for the Badgers. This defense proved that it had the goods to stop the run against the rest of the country this year, as the rest of the teams in the land averaged just 147.5 yards per game. However, as Big Red has proven, you can break their will. Do that, and this one is going to be a romp in favor of UGA.

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Capital One Bowl Picks: Alabama vs. Michigan State Analysis

December 31st, 2010 by Adam Markowitz (Bankroll Sports Columnist) | Posted in College Football   Comments Off on Capital One Bowl Picks: Alabama vs. Michigan State Analysis

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The Alabama Crimson Tide and Michigan State Spartans might not be playing in a BCS game this year, but they are certainly going to be playing in the most illustrious of all of the non-BCS bowls on New Year’s Day, as they’ll meet in Capital One Bowl betting action on New Year’s Eve. Head Coach Nick Saban is going to be facing off with one of his former squads, and the action should be tense, so before you make your Capital One Bowl picks in this one, check out our keys to the game.

Key #1: Saban needs to prove that he can coach in a game that isn’t for a championship
Sure, we know that Saban does have the ability to win games that don’t have that much significance in it, but we’re wondering about these last few seasons. Alabama looked very, very flat at times down the stretch this year, especially in the second half of the Iron Bowl against the Auburn Tigers and for a good chunk of the game against the LSU Tigers as well. The last time the Crimson Tide played in a game that didn’t have a direct impact on the BCS Championship race for the Tide, they were crushed by the Utah Utes, a team that they were supposed to be significantly better than. Now, not only is Alabama not playing in the BCS Championship Game, but it isn’t playing in a BCS bowl game whatsoever. Can the Tide stay mentally tough? We know that the Spartans will, as this is their best bowl bid in years. This might be the biggest key to the entire game.

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Alabama Crimson Tide -10
Michigan State Spartans +10
Over/Under 52
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Key #2: A relatively fresh Mark Ingram needs to look like a Heisman Trophy winner
Sure, RB Mark Ingram wasn’t anywhere near as good this year as he was when he won the Heisman Trophy last year, but he is still an incredibly dangerous runner that can rip apart any defense in the country. Ingram was really used a ton last year, as he rushed the ball 271 times and had another 32 receptions in the Heisman Trophy campaign. This year, Ingram was dealing with injuries at the start of the season, but he just wasn’t used as much as he was the year before in general. Rushing for 816 yards was a bitter disappointment for a man that that had double that last year. You want to prove that you’re still one of the best in the nation? Do something that the Wisconsin Badgers and their vaunted rushing attack couldn’t do. Beat up a big, physical Michigan State defense that only averaged allowing 114.0 yards per game this year. The Spartans didn’t allow a single team to score more than 31 points this year, and it’s going to be up to Ingram to make that not stay the case this week.

Key #3: The Spartans cannot be intimidated
If you’re Head Coach Mark Dantonio, you know that you have nothing to lose in this game. Even though you’re easily the higher ranked team, no one is expecting you to win, so even losing by 20 wouldn’t be a bitter disappointment. A win, and you’ve beaten the defending champs. Michigan State has to pretend like this is just any other game. It is a power running team, and even though the Crimson Tide have one of the more vaunted rush defenses in the nation. When the Spartans are ready to take their shots, they should take them and have confidence in QB Kirk Cousins to not turn the ball over. This was a team that averaged 408.5 yards per game against some of the best teams in the Big Ten this year, including that aforementioned win against the Badgers. As long as Michigan State believes in itself, it should be able to compete in the Capital One Bowl.