This is the end.
It's the end of the 2014 Nebraska football season; the end of what's left of Bo Pelini's coaching staff, and the end of the Bo Pelini era, really.
It's also the last game for a number of Husker players. Although most of us will be focused on Kenny Bell and Ameer Abdullah, it's also the last game for Corey Cooper, Josh Mitchell, Trevor Roach, Jake Cotton, Mike Moudy, Mark Pelini, and Zaire Anderson.
There's a number of articles here listing statistics and breaking down both teams. I realize why they have to be written, but they're meaningless. You know as well as I that this game has nothing to do with statistics or what each team did all season.
It all has to do with motivation, i.e., who gives a shit the most.
We've all lambasted Tim Beck, Barney Cotton and John Papuchis. I hope the Huskers play well for themselves and for their coaches. Play for Husker fans... well, not so much. We don't deserve it all that much, and I don't believe a lot of us really care.
Afterwards whether we win or lose I suspect that the regular media guys will try to make something of how the game was played when really, it means nothing with regards to what's going to happen in the future.
Understanding the Holiday Bowl | Hail Varsity
Taking a closer look at the Holiday Bowl matchup between Nebraska and USC.
Holiday Bowl Breakdown Part 2: Defense | Hail Varsity
In the Holiday Bowl chess match, Nebraska's success on defense comes down to how well its top-rated secondary defends UCS's top-rated passing offense.
Nos. 8 & 80 Deserve Historic Husker Endings - Huskers.com - Nebraska Athletics Official Web Site
They’re graduates, co-captains and Nebraska career record-holders in rushing and receiving. Ameer Abdullah and Kenny Bell have different personalities, but No. 8 and No. 80 share a bond and a passion and Saturday night, both will end their team-related collegiate football careers at an historic intersection in San Diego’s Holiday Bowl against USC.
Sarkisian: Nebraska best 'we've played this year' - The Orange County Register
"This is the best football team we’ve played this year," Sarkisian said of Nebraska
No. 24 USC (8-4) VS. No. 25 NEBRASKA (9-3) 5 p.m., Qualcomm StadiumESPN, 710-AMUSC WINS IF:Steve Sarkisian does not want to finish with the same record as Lane Kiffin in his first season. ... Former coach Bo Pelini shows up to deliver a profanity-laced pre-game speech to inspire the Huskers.
Look - some snark in this one. Nebraska will win if.... Pelini shows up... HAHAHAHHA. That sonofabitch better not show up.
USC vs. Nebraska: How they match up in Holiday Bowl - LA Times
USC has a record of 33-17 in bowl games but is playing in the Holiday Bowl for the first time. Nebraska is 1-2 in the Holiday Bowl and 25-25 overall. The Cornhuskers lost to a Steve Sarkisian -coached Washington team, 19-7, in the 2010 Holiday Bowl. Sarkisian will be trying for his ninth win in his first season as USC's head coach. Staff writer Gary Klein examines the game's story lines and matchups:
Holiday Bowl Q/A with Corn Nation - Conquest Chronicles
We talked with Corn Nation to learn more about the Holiday Bowl matchup against the 9-3 Nebraska Cornhuskers.
Holiday Bowl 2014: USC Keys to Victory - Conquest Chronicles
The USC Trojans will take on the Nebraska Cornhuskers in the National University Holiday Bowl on Saturday. Here's the four top keys for USC to be able to claim victory against its Big 10 opponent.