USC will play in the 2014 National University Holiday Bowl for the first time in program history. The Trojans will face the Big Ten's Nebraska Cornhuskers on December 27 at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego, CA.
USC was a rumored choice for the Holiday Bowl for some time based on proximity, national interest and the opportunity for a large traveling crowd. The Trojans finished 8-4 overall under first-year head coach Steve Sarkisian, and 6-3 in the Pac-12 South, tying for second place. In this year’s final College Football Playoff selection committee and the AP Top 25 rankings, USC finished No. 24.
Nebraska, currently ranked 25th in the AP Poll, finished their season at 9-3 overall and 5-3 in the Big Ten's West division. Head coach Bo Pelini was fired from the team at the end of the regular season leaving interim head coach Barney Cotton on the sidelines for the Cornhuskers in the upcoming game.
USC is 3-0-1 all time against Nebraska. The last time these two teams squared off was in 2007 with the Trojans winning 49-31.
Nebraska is 1-2 in the Holiday Bowl. Interestingly enough, the Cornhuskers lost to Steve Sarkisian’s Washington team back in 2010.
Kickoff is scheduled for 5 p.m. PST and will be broadcast nationally on ESPN.
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