A year ago, the Nebraska Cornhuskers and Georgia Bulldogs each
came up short in their conference championship games to set up a collision in
Georgia is a decided favorite for the battle, settling in as 9 point chalk at most shops monitored by SBR's live college football odds. Bettors intent on playing the total are currently deciding 'over/under' on 60.5, up a half from the opener.
This is the third time
Injuries To Top QBs Give This Meeting A Different Look
The Cornhuskers won't have to worry about Murray shredding them again this year after the senior quarterback suffered a season-ending knee injury in a romp past Kentucky on Nov. 23. The SEC career record holder in TD passes, yards passing and total offense, Murray underwent surgery to repair a torn ACL in his left knee, and his next stop should be the NFL where's he is currently projected as a middle-round pick in next April's draft.
Hutson Mason replaced
Bo Pelini and
Kellogg actually finished the season with more pass attempts
and yards than either
Change At QB Means Slight Change In Offensive Attacks
It would have been interesting to see Murray test what was a
pretty good Nebraska pass defense that ranked 21st in the nation allowing a
little more than 200 yards per game. Now
it will be interesting to see if Richt allows Mason the same freedom to direct what
was first and foremost an aerial assault behind
The Bulldogs do have a solid rushing attack, led by sophomore Todd Gurley who gained more than 900 yards in nine games. Freshman JJ Greene, who filled in for Gurley when he missed three games midseason, is also a threat to break off a big run.
I don't have a lot of confidence in whoever quarterbacks each side in this game, and will be counting on the defenses to do their job to keep this final below the total for my free college football pick.
My pick: Nebraska-Georgia Under 60.5
Reg. Season: 31-15 (+14.5)