Huskers to play Auburn in Cotton Bowl

auburn.gif It's official. The Huskers are set to face SEC power Auburn in the Cotton Bowl on New Year's Day. The #11 Tigers are 10-2 and finished second in the SEC West. It's the Huskers' first trip to the Cotton Bowl since losing to Houston in 1980.

We'll be looking at the Tigers in depth over the next few weeks, but for now let's see how they compare statistically.

(Average, National Ranking) Top 25 ranking in bold

Offensive Statistics

NebraskaAuburn
Rushing Offense175.625th155.043rd
Passing Offense253.218th177.887th
Passing Efficiency154.910th139.234th
Total Offense428.89th332.868th
Scoring Offense31.913th125.848th

Defensive Statistics

NebraskaAuburn
Rushing Defense120.443rd124.848th
Passing Defense223.389th171.720th
Total Defense343.770th297.525th
Scoring Defense18.430th13.99th

Special Teams, Turnovers & Schedule Strength

NebraskaAuburn
Net Punting37.222nd39.04th
Punt Returns7.777th6.0100th
Kickoff Returns17.2114th25.86th
Turnover Margin0.061st+0.432nd
Schedule Strength.55625th.54732nd
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Frankly, I was surprised NU didn’t draw Arkansas in the Cotton Bowl. While AU is obviously a tough match up, I’m kind of thankful not to be playing the Razorbacks, Mr. McFadden, and their fans who would have streamed in to Dallas from Arkansas.

Wow, AU’s defense versus NU’s offense will be something to see. Taylor gets a shot at redemption against a top-flight unit, I guess.

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