Gator Bowl Odds

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JACKSONVILLE, FL (The Spread) – The first bowl game of 2014 is the Gator Bowl, which features No. 22 Georgia taking on Nebraska at Noon ET on Wednesday on ESPN2.

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Both teams went 8-4 during the regular season. Georgia was 3-8-1 against the spread and hit the over in 9 games while Nebraska was 6-6 against the spread and split the over/under in 12 games. These two met on this day last year, with Georgia winning 45-31.

Trends show that Nebraska is 0-4 against the spread in its last 4 games at a neutral site while Georgia is 5-2 ATS in its last 7 bowl games.

According to oddsmakers from Bovada.lv, Georgia is the clear favorite in the game, as the Bulldogs have odds of -9 points against Nebraska. The over/under total for the game has been set at 59.5 points (View Matchup). The opening odds for this game had Georgia favored by 9.5 points. The spread dropped to 8.5 before bumping back up to 9. The over/under total opened at 60.5 points before slowly dropping to 59.5.

Georgia ended the year with a 41-34 win in double overtime at Georgia Tech. The Bulldogs won four of their last five games to go 5-3 in the SEC. Georgia averaged 38.2 points and 489.9 yards per game on offense, while the defense gave up 29.4 points per game. Aaron Murray led the team this season at quarterback, but suffered a knee injury late in the year, so Hutson Mason has since taken over and has thrown for 648 yards and four touchdowns. Todd Gurley has added 903 rushing yards and 10 scores.

Nebraska is coming off a 38-17 loss to Iowa to end the season. The Cornhuskers lost two of their last three to go 5-3 in the Big Ten. The offense averaged 32.6 points and 421.2 yards per game, while the defense gave up 25.3 points per contest. Nebraska has mixed in a few quarterbacks with Taylor Martinez being injured, but Ameer Abdullah rushed for 1,568 yards and eight touchdowns to lead the offense.

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In terms of Injuries, Georgia cornerback Paris Bostick (toe) and receiver Clay Johnson (ankle) are questionable. Nebraska defensive tackle Thaddeus Randle (knee) and safety Wil Richards (ankle) are both questionable as well.

The Public Bets for this game are currently backing Georgia, as the Bulldogs are getting 60% of the wagers with odds of -9 points against Nebraska on Wednesday.

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