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NCAA Football

Capital One Bowl: Match Ups to Watch

Nebraska and South Carolina are just hours away from kickoff in the Capital One Bowl from Orlando, Florida. Nebraska comes in representing the B1G 10 in their first season, and will be looking for their third consecutive ten win season. South Carolina represents in the SEC, and will be looking for a school record eleventh win.

In Capital One Bowl, there are going to be quite a few match ups to watch. Let’s take a look at three of the most important that could decide the game.

Alshon Jeffery vs Alfonzo Dennard
Many expect that Nebraska’s Alfonzo Dennard will be the primary cover guy for South Carolina’s speedy wide receiver Alshon Jeffery. At 6’4″ and 230 lbs, Jeffery is no joke of a wide receiver. Being able to a 4.46 40 yard dash is not shabby either. Jeffery will be a handful, but Dennard has proven he can slow great receivers down; just ask Marvin McNutt or BJ Cunningham. If Dennard can shut down Jeffery, South Carolina’s passing offense will take a big hit.

Nebraska’s Offensive Line vs South Carolina’s Defensive Line
Nebraska’s offensive line is a young unit that has been dealing with injuries all season. They have had trouble at times controlling the line of scrimmage. South Carolina, however, has two great linemen in Melvin Ingram and Jadeveon Clowney. They are going to come after Martinez all day long. If Nebraska’s line cannot open holes, that will put the pressure on Martinez to make plays, something that has resulted in Husker turnovers all season long.

Nebraska’s Defensive Line vs South Carolina’s Offensive Line
Nebraska has struggled to get pressure on the quarterback consistently this season. With that, when an opposing quarterback has better than average speed, Nebraska has struggled containing him. Adding to the Huskers’ troubles, the opposing quarterback has had too much time to pick apart the Nebraska defense, resulting in far too many big plays. Nebraska’s front four must get pressure on Shaw and make him get rid of the ball early and often. Otherwise, it could be a long day for Nebraska’s defense.

There are many other great match ups in this game, but these three are probably the most important. Without time, Taylor Martinez may become uncomfortable throwing the football, which turns into mistakes, and a Husker loss. If Nebraska’s defense cannot get pressure on defense, it could also be a long day resulting in a Husker loss.