2012 Capital One Bowl: South Carolina -vs- Nebraska

Written January 1st, 2012 by MaliBuckeye

The cavalcade of college football continues with our newest besties from Lincoln.

The Basics: Tuesday, January 2, 2012, 1:00 PM EST on ESPN, from Orlando. Nebraska (9-3, 5-3 B1G) and South Carolina (10-2, 6-2 SEC).

Footballs And Palm Trees

History: If this is finally the Capital One bowl, can we get the “Capital One Bowl Week” commercials to stop now? This SEC/BIG matchup has seen PSU/LSU in 2009 and MSU/Bama in 2010… and now those two SEC teams are now in the BCS game. Proud.

South Carolina: The year started out with high expectations, but the loss of running back Marcus Lattimore derailed that a bit- although they’re still averaging 198 yards per game on the ground. Their defense is only giving up 18.8 points a game, thanks in part to the most awesome high school athlete I’ve ever seen being a freshman on the Gamecock defensive line. They barely lost to Auburn, were blown out by Arkansas, and ended the season with a huge victory over Clemson. Oh, and they’re also currently under NCAA investigation and stuff; but I’m guessing you’ll never hear anything about that on eSECpn’s coverage of this match up.

Nebraska: We’re all too familiar with the Children of the Corn, although this version will be somewhat different since Carl Pelini now is a big fan of the state of Florida. Big Red is 14th in the country in rushing yardage, thanks to the two headed attack of Taylor Martinez and Rex Burkhead… however, Martinez’ leadership has only accounted for 166.6 yards of total offense. Their biggest win, unfortunately, was against the Buckeyes… they were blown out in Ann Arbor. Work with me, won’t you?

Fun Facts. We’re not going to talk about the last time each team met Ohio State… instead, let’s remind everyone that this game culminates the super awesome Capital One Mascot Challenge, which is probably more exciting to some folks than to others. While we’re at it, can we also acknowledge who the most talented member of Capital One’s commercial campaign is?

Who we got?

  • Chris – Huskers
  • Eric – Huskers
  • Jim – Huskers
  • Mali – Like I have a choice
  • JoeL – Huskers
  • JoeD- ‘Cocks