The Monday Tailgate: Auld Hang Time Edition.

Al Messerschmidt

We're ringing in the new year and killing time until kickoff. Pull up a chair, we've been expecting you. Just remember, should auld acquaintance be forgot, it won't matter to Verne Lundquist. He'll still be chortling his ass off. And there's something comforting about that.

Maestro, the theme music please:


As with yesterday's Cocktail Sunday, we are once again enjoying a time-honored feature in a new time slot while getting ready for tomorrow's exciting Capital One Bowl showdown with the Nebraska Cornhuskers. This of course is your virtual tailgate, the place to discuss matchups, predictions, and whatever else you want until toe meets leather in Orlando.

As I noted yesterday, I remain worried about the Bulldogs' collective motivation for this game. I'm worried that they may have spent a few of the precious days of practice back in Athens mourning the loss to Alabama. I know they lost valuable practice time to inclement weather. Ido not know how many players on the field tomorrow will be carefully preserving their NFL draft stock, nor how many have just mentally moved onto the next chapter. These are the things that worry me here on Bowl Game's Eve. That's to say nothing of the Classic City Canines' recent bowl game struggles. All in all , there's every reason for concern.

I will say that the odds of a big special teams play having a say in the outcome are also pretty darned good. In fact, when was the last time a Georgia bowl game wasn't influenced heavily by a missed kick, an onside kick, or a big return? Yeah. Something else to mull over.

But who knows, maybe I'm just letting my Munsonian pessimism get the better of me.After all, this is the same Nebraska squad that was just run over, through, and around by the Wisconsin Badgers. The Badgers have a good team, a team that improved significantly as 2012 wore on. But if they could put 70 on the Huskers, I like to think the 'Dawgs can get at least half that many.

Of course if we're going to talk specific numbers, I'd like to open up the floor to you. So, for the last time this football season I ask you Dawg Sports readers, over or under?

Keith Marshall will carry the ball 9.9 times.

Todd Gurley will carry the ball 17.9 times.

Jarvis Jones will notch 1.9 sacks.

Taylor Martinez will gain 99.9 yards on the ground.

Martinez will gain 249.9 yards through the air.

The broadcast crew will mention Dr. Tom Osborne's retirement 3.9 times.

They'll mention the Alabama/Notre Dame game 5.9 times.

The Bulldogs will score 0.1 more points than the Cornhuskers.

As always, your answers are welcome in the comments, along with anything else you feel like jawing about. I hope to see you back here tomorrow for the Capital One Bowl open comment thread. Until then...

Go 'Dawgs!

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