Belk Bowl Capsule
The Associated Press
Dec. 29, 2014
No. 13 Georgia (9-3, 6-2 SEC, No. 13 CFP) vs. No. 20 Louisville (9-3, 5-3 ACC, No. 21 CFP), 6:30 p.m. EST Tuesday (ESPN)
Line: Georgia by 7 1/2.
Series Record: First meeting.
WHAT'S AT STAKE
Georgia coach Mark Richt hopes a win against Louisville will land the Bulldogs in the top 10 in the final AP college football rankings. A win for Louisville would cap a pretty strong season for coach Bobby Petrino, who returned to coach the Cardinals following a five-year break.
Georgia rushing attack vs. Louisville run defense: The Bulldogs enter the game without Todd Gurley, but they haven't needed him. They still rank seventh in the nation averaging 6.1 yards a carry behind Nick Chubb. They'll face a stiff challenge against a Louisville team that allows just 2.9 yards a carry, which is fourth best in the country.
PLAYERS TO WATCH
Georgia: Chubb has run for 1,057 yards and 10 touchdowns in seven games since taking over for Gurley. That's 151 yards rushing per game since becoming the starter.
Louisville: Defensive back Gerod Holliman, the Thorpe Award winner, has proved to be a ball hawk for the Cardinals with 14 interceptions. And when he gets the ball in his hands, watch out — he is averaging 17.5 yards per interception return with one touchdown.
FACTS & FIGURES
Georgia has outscored its opponents 500-255 this season. ... Georgia senior QB Hutson Mason has had an up-and-down season, finishing with 20 TD passes and four interceptions. ... Georgia is looking to rebound from a season-ending loss to rival Georgia Tech. ... The Cardinals have used three different quarterbacks this season. ... Louisville finished the season strong winning three straight games over Boston College, Notre Dame and Kentucky. ... Louisville WR DeVante Parker battled through injuries and caught 35 passes 735 yards and five touchdowns in just five games. ... Lorenzo Mauldin, Sheldon Rankins and Deiontrez Mount combined for 18.5 sacks for Louisville.