Normally when you mention the Holiday Bowl you think of high scoring games and a lot of excitement. The excitement might be there on Wednesday but the high scoring probably won’t be as #22 Arizona faces #20 Nebraska. Both teams have stout defenses, so scoring should be at a minimum.
Nebraska is a one-point favorite with a total of 40.5 at SBG Global.
Nebraska and Arizona just missed out on making it to BCS bowl games. The Cornhuskers nearly beat Texas before losing 13-12 in the Big 12 title game while Arizona led Oregon late before losing 44-41. Nebraska comes into Wednesday’s game with the second best defense in the country, allowing just 11.2 points per game. The Cornhuskers are led by defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh who finished fourth in the voting for the Heisman Trophy Odds.
He had 82 tackles and 12 sacks this season despite being double-teamed most of the time. Arizona also has a good defense that was 21st in the country. They held four of their last five opponents to two touchdowns or less. They may not have much trouble against a Nebraska offense that simply isn’t very good. The only threat for Nebraska is running back Roy Helu who had 1,139 yards this season.
Arizona’s offense is led by quarterback Nick Foles who was the Pac-10’s fourth rated passer. Arizona also has running backs Nic Grigsby and Keola Antolin, who combined for 1,100 yards this year.
Here are the college football betting stats for Wednesday’s game. The Cornhuskers are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 non-conference games. The Cornhuskers are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games in December. The Cornhuskers are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games as a favorite.
The Wildcats are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games in December. The Wildcats are 9-3 ATS in their last 12 games as an underdog. The Wildcats are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The Wildcats are 2-7-1 ATS in their last 10 non-conference games
The Under is 5-1 in the Cornhuskers last 6 Bowl games. The Under is 11-3 the in Cornhuskers last 14 games overall. The Under is 5-1 in the Wildcats last 6 games overall.