The Taxslayer.com Gator Bowl will feature two teams in Georgia and Nebraska in a rematch of last year’s Capital One Bowl, won 45-31 by the Bulldogs. This is absolutely a disservice to both programs, in a less-than-ideal matchup between two teams who have to be disappointed with this game.
Michigan would have been an ideal opponent, however, they were chosen for the Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl, and this New Year’s Day bowl game is unlikely to drive television ratings after seeing them last year and Aaron Murray injured for Georgia. Heck, I would have been curious to see an upstart Minnesota team vs. Georgia rather than a rematch not even Georgia receiver Michael Bennett is excited about.
Nebraska again? You kidding me?
— Michael Bennett (@MBennett_82) December 9, 2013
If you’re a casual fan, who are you tuning in to see from Nebraska or Georgia, besides Todd Gurley? If you’re a Georgia fan, are you excited about heading to Jacksonville for New Years?
If you do tune in, this may be the first time you see Nebraska running back Ameer Abdullah, who has 1,568 yards on the ground and eight touchdowns. The 5-foot-9, 190 pound Alabama native has been one of the top running backs in the nation all season long, and doesn’t seem to receive the credit nationally that he deserves.
Is an Abdullah-Gurley duel enough to satisfy the nation on a football-crazed day? It’s not enough for me, in a game that will feature backup quarterbacks on both sides. This is one game that I can scratch off my list on New Year’s Day.
It may not have been an ideal situation for the Gator Bowl, but they got it wrong this year, and I wouldn’t be surprised to see this game not be a sell out.
Patrick’s a college football writer for Rant Sports and radio host on Sportstownchicago.com. Follow him on Twitter @PatrickASchmidt and Google and email him at SchmidtPatrick@gmail.com for media inquiries.