The USC defense will have their hands full in slowing down Nebraska star running back Ameer Abdullah and the Trojans will need all they can get from Williams, recently voted USC's MVP, and the rest of the DL. The front four will need fill the gaps and keep Abdullah contained to the outside where linebacker Hayes Pullard and Co. can bring down the Cornhukers star. On the season, Williams has 71 tackles, 8.5 for a loss and six sacks.
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Intangible: Ending the season on high note
In Steve Sarkisian's first season as head coach at USC (currently at 8-4), the Trojans showed what they can do despite having less depth than most teams in Division I but also, that this squad has plenty of room to grow in future. With plenty of talent returning plus another sure-to-be top recruiting class, the future is looking very good for Sark and USC. Closing out 2014 with a Holiday Bowl victory would be the icing on cake.
Across the field: Cornhuskers RH Ameer Abdullah
During the 2014 season, the 5-foot-9, 195-pound Abdullah rushed for 1,523 yards and 18 touchdowns to lead 9-3 Nebraska. As the Cornhusker's No. 1 offense weapon, except to see him carrying the ball early and oftern against USC in the Holiday Bowl. If the Trojans want to end the season on a high note, shutting down, or at least limiting, Abdullah is a key to victory.
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Prediction: USC 42, Nebraska 28
This game will start off a little slow, with USC committing an early turnover that Nebraska will convert into points. But once Cody Kessler and Co. get moving, and Leonard Williams focuses on stopping Nebraska's run game, this one will be all Trojans in San Diego.