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Holiday Bowl Betting – Locker, Huskies Look For Revenge Against Cornhuskers In Holiday Bowl

Posted by Blake Frazier on 12/29/2010 11:37:49 AM
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Jake Locker will get one final shot to his increase his draft rank and prove NFL betting critics are wrong. Also a chance at revenge when he takes on the team that started his rough senior year as the Washington Huskies battle the Nebraska Cornhuskers in the Bridgepoint Education Holiday Bowl.

  • Bridgepoint Education Holiday Bowl
  • Nebraska Cornhuskers vs. Washington Huskies
  • Thursday December 30, 2010 – 10:00 PM ET
  • Online Sports Betting Odds: Nebraska – 14

Locker completed just 4 of 20 pass attempts in the Huskies’ 56-21 loss to Nebraska back in September, the beginning of a downward trend in performance that carried through the year. Considered to be a top-10 NFL draft pick before the year began, the Ferndale, WA-native will get one last shot to prove he even belongs.

NCAA Football Betting Preview: Nebraska

The Cornhuskers were all over Locker when these teams met, and will look to repeat in the only rematch of the bowl games. No. 17 Nebraska had its chances at a BCS bowl dismissed when they fell to Oklahoma 23-20 in the Big 12 Championship game, a game they led by 17 in the second quarter before four quarters led to their undoing. The Cornhuskers will need to be a lot more secure with the football to avoid the same fate at San Diego, their last stop in the Big 12 before moving to the Big Ten next year. There are concerns about the foot of freshman quarterback Taylor Martinez after he sat out Nebraska’s finale against Colorado and looked tentative in the loss to the Sooners, but if he is ready to perform at the highest level then the Cornhuskers won’t have any trouble finishing on a winning note.

NCAA Football Betting Preview: Washington

Unfortunately for the Huskies, they were the only PAC-10 team still available to represent the conference in the Holiday Bowl, and will have to show they’ve made strong improvements over the course of the season. It didn’t seem like Washington would make it back to .500 back in November, but the team has adjusted to some early troubles and bounced back with three straight wins, including consecutive road victories to close their schedule. Locker threw for just 226 yards and two touchdowns with two turnovers in a 35-28 win over Washington State, but did have a nice football betting moment when he hit Jermaine Kearse for a 27-yard touchdown in the final minute. He got that opportunity due to the play of running back Christ Polk, who rushed for an astounding 284 yards and two scores. The Huskies will need that kind of performance again from their No. 1 back to have any shot in this game.

The Match Up: Nebraska vs. Washington

The bowl was forced to create this rematch based on the fact that Washington was the only team available from the PAC-10, and that makes this one of the biggest mismatches of the season. The Cornhuskers will expose Locker and the Huskies’ weaknesses in a game that will be over by the final quarter.

Holiday Bowl Betting Pick: Nebraska

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