The Huskers will challenge USC with a duel-threat quarterback and the best running back the Trojans will have faced this year. Sarkisian has called Tommy Armstrong Jr. and Ameer Abdullah the best running quarterback and rusher the Trojans have seen this year.
On the defensive side, Nebraska has a potential top five draft pick in defensive end Randy Gregory, who has battled through injuries this season. The Huskers have also had injuries in their linebacker corps, so the Trojans will try to take advantage with running back Buck Allen and receiver Nelson Agholor going over the middle -- both of whom could be playing their last game with USC.
It is assumed this will be the final game in a USC uniform for defensive lineman Leonard Williams, but he won't be the only person participating in their final game. The majority of the Nebraska coaching staff will also be in their final game with the Huskers after head coach Bo Pelini was fired after the regular season and former Oregon State head coach Mike Riley was hired.
USC has a remarkable record in bowl games. The Trojans have the nation’s fourth highest bowl winning percentage (.667) among the 83 schools that have made at least 10 bowl appearances (behind Marshall’s .800, Utah’s .765 and Miami of Ohio’s .700) and have won eight of their last 10 bowl games. USC’s 32 bowl victories are second behind Alabama’s 34 for most in the nation.
Time: Saturday, 5:00 p.m. PT
TV: ESPN (Rece Davis, Jesse Palmer, David Pollack, Samantha Ponder)
Where: Qualcomm Stadium, San Diego, Calif.
Betting Line: USC 7.5-point favorite; Over/Under: 63 points
Radio: National: ESPN Radio (Bill Rosinski, David Norrie, Joe Schad). Local: ESPN 710 (Pete Arbogast, John Jackson, Jordan Moore)
Records: Nebraska 9-3; USC 8-4
Series: USC leads, 3-0-1
Last meeting: 2007: USC won, 49-41, in Omaha, Neb.