December 30, 8:00pm
San Diego, CA
(8-4) ____________ Pac10 __________ 236.36
___________YPG = 394 (110%) → +23%
____________PPG = 29.3 (124%) → +28%
dYPG = 323.8 (85%)
dPPG = 23.7 (86%)
(9-4) ______________ Big12 __________ 177.80
YPG = 324.5 (87%)
PPG = 24.5 (96%)
-11% ← dYPG = 276.4 (74%)__________
-45% ← dPPG = 11.2 (41%)__________
I don't want to make this one seem like a one-sided affair, but it's all about the Huskers here. The Wildcats are better than average on offense and defense, and can play with anyone. Nebraska on the other hand is pretty awful on offense and absolutely phenomenal on defense. If they play on each side of the ball like they have been, we could be in for a highly entertaining game. But if their offense finally gets going / defense has an off night, they could win / lose big.
Some good wins from both of them, the Cornhuskers over Missouri & Oklahoma, the Wildcats over Central Michigan, USC, Stanford, and Oregon State - advantage Arizona. A few bad losses too, to Iowa State and Washington, respectively. Will the Wildcats be intimidated? Probably not. Will they be patient and execute in the few chances they get? Maybe...
The Line: Arizona +3
The Call: Nebraska by 4
The Result: Nebraska 33-0
Damn. That was as dominant of a bowl performance as we've seen in a long time. It's hard not to wonder what the season would've looked like if the Husker offense had played like that on one or two possessions in the Texas, Iowa State, or Virginia Tech games. As uplifting as Idaho's win was a few hours earlier, this one has the potential to be extremely deflating for the Wildcats - it'll be interesting to see how they start 2010.