Will Bo’s Boys Bounce Back Against Bulldogs in the Bowl?
One of the aggravating things to Husker fans in the Bo Pelini era has been his team's vulnerability to most any foe. While Pelini's team have an even or winning record (mostly winning) against regular season Big Ten competition, he's lost a game to every division opponent and to every conference team he's faced more than once (except Penn State). What his team might be missing in consistency, it seems to make up for in resiliency. To loosely quote Chumbawamba, when he gets knocked down, he gets up again. Might that pay off for him this year in a bowl game rematch?
Bo Pelini's record when he faces a team that beat him the year before is 7-4. If that doesn't seem impressive, compare it to Tom Osborne (i.e. the coach against whom all other Husker coaches will forever be measured). Osborne went 14-15-1 when facing a team the year after they'd beaten Nebraska. You may knock Bo down, but he's not likely to stay down.
Perhaps a bit more concerning in the case of Georgia is that the Bulldogs are a non-conference team. The Huskers lost the rematch to Virginia Tech and UCLA. He did win a rematch with Washington after losing to them in a bowl the prior year.
Still, it's not hard to approach the game with some hopefulness. When Bo gets a second chance, more often than not he's changed the outcome. You could also point to his string of nine-win seasons and think he'll get the ninth one in January. The pro-style offense run by Georgia is the type that his defenses have fared better against. With a year to prepare, it's reasonable to think that the Bulldogs won't score 45 points this time around.