The University of Nebraska continues its postseason tradition by taking on the University of Southern California Trojans in the National University Holiday Bowl. Nebraska ranks third in all-time bowl appearances with the trip to the Holiday Bowl marking the Huskers' 51st all-time bowl game, trailing only Alabama (61) and Texas (53). USC is also among the national leaders in bowl appearances with 48 bowl trips. The 99 combined bowl appearances between the schools is the second-most of any 2014 bowl game, trailing only the 105 combined bowl appearances between Sugar Bowl participants Ohio State and Alabama.
The Huskers enter the Holiday Bowl at 9-3 overall, including a 5-3 record in Big Ten Conference play. Nebraska closed the regular season with a 37-34 overtime victory at Iowa, coming from 17 points behind for the victory. The Huskers head into the Holiday Bowl ranked 22nd in the USA Today Coaches Poll, while checking in at No. 25 in the Associated Press Poll. The Huskers will be looking for their second straight bowl victory after defeating Georgia in the Gator Bowl last January. USC comes into the Holiday Bowl with an 8-4 record and a 6-3 mark in Pac-12 Conference play. Three of the Trojans' four losses were by six or fewer points. The Trojans are ranked 24th in both the Associated Press Poll and the College Football Playoff rankings heading into the Holiday Bowl.
Date/Time: December 27, 2014, 7:00 p.m. CST
Location: Qualcomm Stadium, San Diego, CA. Capacity: 66,000
Surface: Natural Grass
Series Record: Nebraska and USC will meet for the fifth time in the Holiday Bowl and for the first time in a bowl game. The Trojans own a 3-0-1 overall edge in the series between the schools, most recently a pair of wins in a home-and-home series in 2006 and 2007. The 1970 tie between the schools was the Huskers’ last blemish before winning 24 straight games and capturing back-to-back national championships in 1970 and 1971.
TV: ESPN. Rece Davis, Play-by-Play; Jesse Palmer, Analyst; David Pollack, Analyst; Samantha Ponder, Sidelines
With a login from your TV provider, you can also stream the game online at Watch ESPN
Radio: Huskers sports radio network with Greg Sharpe, Play-by-Play, Matt Davison, Analyst, Lane Grindle, Sidelines. The audio can also be streamed through the Huskers app or searching for the HSN on TuneIn
Weather: At kickoff it is expected to be 60 degrees with no chance of precipitation and north/northwest winds at 8 mph.
Odds: USC is favored by 7 points