The Nebraska Cornhuskers are one of the best teams in the Big Ten behind head coach Bo Pelini. Despite a far too close week one win against Wyoming, the Cornhuskers proved that even when they don’t play their best, they can still find a way to win — even if it’s ugly.
On the other side of the field, the UCLA Bruins are coming off a bye week and a week one blowout victory over Nevada, 58-20. Head coach Jim Mora Jr. has put this team back on the map for the first time in recent memory and a win at Nebraska will prove that they have officially arrived.
Nebraska has one of the best offenses in the country behind the arm of Taylor Martinez who has six passing touchdowns this season. The rushing attack led by junior Ameer Abdullah is also impressive. The Cornhuskers average 330 rushing yards per game — the eighth best mark in the nation.
UCLA has an offense led by quarterback Brett Hundley who passed for 274 yards and two touchdowns in their week one win against Nevada. Running back Jordon James led the offense in week one as well with 155 yards rushing and one score. They had one of the best offensive outputs of any team in the nation in week one.
Defensively, the Cornhuskers are one of the lower-tier teams in the country. They allowed over 600 yards of offense to Wyoming in a week one win and just under 300 in week two. Lot of work to do on that side of the ball for Pelini’s squad. It’s too early to tell just how good UCLA’s defense is. They allowed 20 points and 353 yards of total offense in their only game of the season to a pretty solid Nevada squad while creating no turnovers.
UCLA will travel to Nebraska to take on the Cornhuskers at 12 p.m. EST on Saturday, Sept. 14. The game will be aired on ABC.
PREDICTION: UCLA 33, Nebraska 38
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