Holiday Bowl, No. 18 Nebraska Vs. Washington: Huskies Drop Cornhuskers, 19-7

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College Bowl Picks, Holiday Bowl: No. 18 Nebraska Vs. Washington

The 2010 college football postseason heads to San Diego on Thursday, and it's time to place all your money set aside for Christmas shopping on ridiculous, half-assed bowl games played by largely inept football teams. Degenerate gamblers, start your engines. Nebraska and Washington cap a big day of college football on Dec. 30 in the Holiday Bowl.

The line: Nebraska by just about two touchdowns (13-14 depending on where you look).

Notable Washington units: We'll go with the Huskies running game. The Huskies 46th ranked rushing offense is the best unit they have. Everything else is ranked below average this year.

Notable Nebraska units: The Cornhuskers vaunted Blackshirts, nickname for the Nebraska defense, are back. Nebraska is 8th in the nation in points against in 2010. Nebraska also brings a potent rushing attack, ranked 9th in the country.

The pick: We've seen this game before. Though Washington will be more motivated and shouldn't get a 4-20 performance from Jake Locker, Nebraska is simply too good not to win this game. A 35-point win in September makes the two touchdown spread seem low, as well. We'll take Nebraska in a romp.

The 2010 Holiday Bowl kicks off at 10 p.m. EST. The game will be televised on ESPN. Browse our 2010 college football postseason schedule for a complete list of bowls.

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2010 Holiday Bowl Game: Time, Location, History And More

Proper name: The Bridgepoint Education Holiday Bowl, formerly known as The Pacific Life Holiday Bowl.

Setting: Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego, home of the San Diego Chargers.

Traditional conference pairing: Pac-10 and Big 12

2010 matchup: The 6-6 Washington Huskies and the 10-3 Nebraska Cornhuskers

Announcers: ESPN A-Team assemble. Chris Fowler, Todd Blackledge and Erin Andrews are driving the ship in San Diego. Fine, it's only the A-Team because Eric Andrews is in the house.

Neatest fact: Despite being named "Music City," Nashville has not produced a listenable album in decades.

Closest finish: The depressing 2008 iteration saw the hometown Vanderbilt Commodores edge Boston College, 16-14.

Most lopsided finish: Virginia Tech walloped Alabama, 38-7, in the 1998 inaugural matchup.

Tidbits of interest: Former Music City Bowl MVPs include Jason Campbell, Marion Barber, and C.J. Spiller. Ever genteel, the Nashville organizers hosted a special "Wives & Daughters Tour" for the accompanying ladies this week, in which no major injuries or deaths were reported. Though the Tennessee team will make a mere 5-hour round trip from Knoxville to Nashville, this will mark the Vols' first trip to the Music City Bowl.

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2011 NFL Draft Prospects: Jake Locker, Prince Amukamara, Jared Crick In Holiday Bowl

Washington Huskies QB Jake Locker is the first name that comes to mind when you hear the words Holiday Bowl NFL Draft prospects, as you do from time to time, but it should probably be Nebraska Cornhuskers CB Prince Amukamara.

Locker entered the season as the prospective No. 1 pick in the 2011 draft, but a disappointing season (featuring no more disappointing moment than his 20 percent completion rate against Nebraska in round one) could drop him all the way to the second round. Then again, a good showing against Nebraska’s burly defense, coupled with a strong round of workouts, may make scouts fall in love all over again.

Amukamara is a top-10 hopeful after being named Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year and a Jim Thorpe Award finalist. Locker could slip behind another Husker, DT Jared Crick, if things continue trending as they have in the past few months. Crick’s a junior, but Mocking The Draft envisions him possibly declaring next week and winding up a second-rounder.

Other mid-round names to watch: Nebraska junior CB Alfonzo Dennard, junior OLB Lavonte David, senior kicker Alex Henry, senior RB Roy Helu Jr., senior WR Niles Paul, and senior safety Eric Hagg; and Washington senior OLB Mason Foster.

Stay tuned to this StoryStream right up through game time, as we review key unit matchups, odds, bowl history and more, and connect with Nebraska fans at SB Nation’s Corn Nation and with Washington fans at UW Dawg Pound and SB Nation Seattle. For a complete list of bowl games, browse our 2010 college football postseason schedule.

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Holiday Bowl, No. 18 Nebraska Vs. Washington: Jake Locker Takes Center Stage

In the final game of his college career, Washington quarterback Jake Locker has a lot on the line. Locker, facing the Nebraska Cornhuskers for the second time in 2010, has the weight of the Washington program on his shoulder, with a chance to improve his draft stock on national television thrown in as an added bonus. Last time these two teams met, Locker was a dismal 4-20 in the passing game, throwing for just 71 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions.

Over at SB Nation's Washington blog, UW Dawg Pound, Locker is the beginning, and the end, of the Huskies chances in the Holiday Bowl.

Jake Locker has to play the game of his career or at least this season if Washington has any hopes of beating or at least competing with Nebraska. The Huskers out gained the Huskies 535-246 in September and Locker was only 4-for-20 for 71 yards with two interceptions. I expect a different type of Jake in this game.

Even though Locker had a poor performance against the Huskers in September, Corn Nation, SB Nation's Nebraska blog, has reason to worry about Locker carrying the Huskies to victory.

In other words, who the hell cares what Locker did against Nebraska in September - the only thing that matters is how he does tonight. Regardless of how he plays against Nebraska, Locker will be a NFL prospect - the NFL is amazing at ignoring years of college football experience in favor of how a player performs at the combine - and you can't ignore his talent just because you want to. Locker has plenty of motivation to perform well, and if he can get hot with the right combination of plays, he'll be a threat.

Locker and the Huskies take on the Nebraska Cornhuskers at the Holiday Bowl on Thursday, Dec. 30 at 10 p.m. EST.

Stay tuned to this StoryStream right up through game time, as we review key unit matchups, odds, bowl history and more, and connect with Nebraska fans at SB Nation's Corn Nation and with Washington fans at UW Dawg Pound and SB Nation Seattle. For a complete list of bowl games, browse our 2010 college football postseason schedule.

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