The Nebraska Cornhuskers have been in the news a lot this season, though not all for good reasons. The Huskers’ 5-0 start was great, as was their Thanksgiving win over Iowa and nine-win season. Yet after losing their chance at the West Division title, Nebraska fired coach Bo Pelini and surprised everyone by hiring Oregon Beavers head coach Mike Riley soon thereafter to take over in 2015. Today the Huskers face a USC football team on the verge of returning to the national spotlight. If you can’t watch USC vs Nebraska football in the Holiday Bowl today on TV, you can watch Holiday Bowl online free Nebraska vs USC live streaming as well.
Kickoff for the 2014 Holiday Bowl between the Nebraska Cornhuskers and USC Trojans is scheduled for 8 EST / 5 PST from Qualcomm Stadium. The Holiday Bowl’s location in San Diego makes it almost a home game for USC football, a contributing reason the 9-3 Huskers are underdogs against the 8-4 Trojans.
Another reason for the odd underdog status is how Nebraska earned its record this season. Though the Huskers managed nine wins, all three of their losses came against ranked teams. Today we’ll watch a USC Trojans football team ranked No. 24 in the country. Nebraska isn’t in the top 25.
People chose to watch Nebraska football online free or on TV this season because of their high-powered offense. At the heart of the excitement was senior running back Ameer Abdullah. Abdullah ran all over Big Ten defenses this season, carrying the ball 237 times for 1,523 yards, 18 TDs and a 6.5 yards-per-carry average. The lone time Abdullah didn’t crush defenses was the Huskers’ loss to Michigan State, when they held the Huskers to 1.3 yards per rushing attempt.
As we watch Holiday Bowl online free or on ESPN today, the Huskers will once again face a tough defense. The USC Trojans held opponents to 23.8 points this season, 35th in all of FBS football. Along the way USC shut down the Stanford Cardinal, eventual Pac-12 South champion Arizona, and national sweetheart Notre Dame.
Defensive lineman Leonard Williams is a big reason why, as he’s one of the best defensive pro prospects according to Mel Kiper Jr. As we watch USC football live in the 2014 Holiday Bowl, Williams could cause headaches for Nebraska’s offensive lineman as they try to open holes for Abdullah.
The Trojans are no stranger to accolades on offense either. Quarterback Cody Kessler had a solid season and has USC as one of the favorites to win the Pac-12 South next year. Though USC is ranked just 24th as we watch Holiday Bowl online free today, the Trojans are poised to be ranked much closer to the top 10 headed into next season.
Although Nebraska’s endured some coaching turmoil and tough losses, the future is bright for the Huskers and people will want to watch Nebraska football online free today. Likewise, although USC hasn’t quite gotten over the hump in coach Steve Sarkisian’s first year, fans will watch USC football live to see if the Trojans can break their habit of losing to unranked teams. You can watch Holiday Bowl online free Nebraska vs USC live streaming on the Watch ESPN website or using the Watch ESPN app on your video game console, smartphone or tablet.