Picks for New Year's bowl games

Predicting the scores of the non-BCS games on Dec. 31 and Jan. 1

Updated: December 30, 2013, 1:24 PM ET
By Phil Steele | ESPN Insider

NebraskaRick Osentoski/USA TODAY SportsAmeer Abdullah (left) and the Huskers could give heavily favored Georgia a tough game.

After going 101-34 in the regular season (73-61-1 versus the spread), I'm giving my picks for every bowl game on ESPN Insider. Here are my score predictions for the third set of bowls, covering all games on Tuesday and Wednesday, not counting the two New Year's Day BCS bowls (I'll be back Tuesday morning with all of my BCS picks).


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Nebraska Cornhuskers versus No. 22 Georgia Bulldogs

Wednesday at noon ET, ESPN2

These two teams met in last year's Capital One Bowl, when Georgia rallied from a 31-23 second-half deficit to win 45-31. The Huskers have been consistent under coach Bo Pelini, as they have lost exactly four games in each of his six years here, while the Bulldogs are making their 13th straight bowl appearance under Mark Richt.

Phil Steele

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