Sep 13, 2014; Boston, MA, USA; Southern California Trojans tail back Javorious Allen (37) evades a tackle by Boston College Eagles line backer Steven Daniels (52) during the fourth quarter at Alumni Stadium. The Boston College Eagles won 37-31. Mandatory Credit: Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports
December 27 College Bowl Picks: Holiday Bowl
Nebraska vs. USC (-7) | San Diego, CA | 8pm ET (ESPN)
Boston College Eagles
After the Pinstripe Bowl is over, the unlucky fans who did not get a chance to go will have more college football to watch on Saturday night. This game features a team that fired their coach and a team we beat.
That USC win will be one of those games we soon see up in banner form in the annals of Alumni Stadium. For now, it might not be so bad if the Trojans won, so as to make the September victory look even better.
Cody Kessler might able to help oblige. The USC quarterback, who threw four touchdown passes against the Eagles, totaled 36 for the season, including six more against Notre Dame. He had a great season with over a 70 percent completion percentage and a 36-4 touchdown to pick ratio.
Nebraska might also be compliant in terms of the Trojans slinging it around. Their overall defensive numbers were good, but if you listened to Huskers fans, Bo Pelini’s teams saved their worst defensive performances for the biggest games. USC is the kind of team that, if “on,” could do grievous harm to Nebraska’s defense, with or without the cat-loving coach on the sidelines.
Of note is that in three attempts this season, Nebraska never beat a ranked team. At present, USC is number 24 in the nation. Look for Kessler and the Trojans to break a few big plays and take this game.