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Capital One Bowl Betting: South Carolina Gamecocks vs. Nebraska Cornhuskers
Both South Carolina and Nebraska are making their fourth straight bowl appearance this season but it’s the first visit for both schools to the Capital One Bowl in Orlando as the Gamecocks and Cornhuskers play for the first time since 1987 and first-ever time in the postseason. South Carolina is a 3-point favorite on Bovada’s NCAA football betting odds.
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No. 20 Nebraska (9-3) was one of the preseason favorites in the Big Ten but finished third in the Legends Division. South Carolina will be the fifth ranked team that Nebraska has faced, with the Huskers going 2-2 in the other four (wins vs. Michigan State and Penn State. A victory would give Nebraska its third consecutive 10-win season, something the Huskers haven’t done since 1999-2001. Behind dual-threat QB Taylor Martinez and tailback Rex Burkhead, Nebraska ranks 13th in the nation at 223.9 yards per game.
There are two key player notes to be aware of for the Huskers regarding off the field issues. Starting center Mike Caputo will play after a drunken driving charge against him was reduced. Caputo has started every game the past two seasons and was a second-team All-Big Ten selection this year. Defensive end Eric Martin also will play; he was ticketed for leaving the scene of an accident.
No. 9 South Carolina (10-2) reached the SEC title game a season ago but things didn’t break as well this season, with starting QB Stephen Garcia getting kicked off the team during the season and superstar running back Marcus Lattimore going down with a season-ending injury. He missed the final five games. USC did close well, winning three in a row and six of seven. It was very impressive in the regular-season finale, blowing out ACC champion Clemson.
The Gamecocks have a terrific defense, ranking No. 2 in the nation against the pass, No. 4 in total defense and No. 13 in scoring – USC gave up more than 13 points only twice in its final nine contests. However, South Carolina has lost four of its past five bowl games (1-4 ATS), including their past three. They’re just 4-12 all time in bowls. Nebraska is 4-1 ATS in its past five neutral-site games.
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