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Nebraska Cornhuskers vs. UCLA Bruins Free PIck 9/14/13

UCLA Bruins (0-0) at Nebraska Cornhuskers (2-0)

College Football: Saturday, September 14, 2013 at 12:00 pm (Memorial Stadium)

The Line: Nebraska Cornhuskers -4 -- Over/Under: TBA See the Latest Odds


The UCLA Bruins are out to prove that last season wasn’t a fluke as the Bruins head to Lincoln to face off against the Huskers.

The Nebraska Cornhuskers were upset last season facing UCLA in Los Angeles, and now, in their minds, the tables have turned. Nebraska is fresh off a dominating win over the Southern Miss Golden Eagles. The Huskers already have the eighth- ranked rushing attack in the nation, although, to be fair, Nebraska hasn’t exactly faced the stiffest competition to date. The Huskers put up 479 yards of offense against the Golden Eagles, 285 of which came on the ground. Abdullah was the leading rusher on the day for Nebraska, gaining 114 yards on 17 attempts, while also scoring twice. Taylor Martinez was also solid for the Huskers, throwing for 170 yards and three scores, while also gaining 34 yards on the ground on six carries. Defensively, the Huskers put forth a much stronger effort than the previous week against the Wyoming Cowboys. Nebraska allowed just 284 yards of offense to the Golden Eagles, while picking off four Southern Miss passes. The Husker defense has been the talk of the week after their poor showing against the Cowboys, but the Blackshirts impressive display on Saturday had to make the Husker faithful happy.

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Nebraska Cornhuskers vs. UCLA Bruins Free PIck 9/14/13

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The UCLA Bruins had this week off in preparation for the Huskers. UCLA is 1-0 to start their season after the Bruins defeated the Nevada Wolfpack in the opening week 58-20. The Bruins have an electrifying offense, and it was display against the Wolfpack for sure. UCLA put up 647 yards of offense against Nevada, gaining 302 through the air. The Bruins are also very balanced, gaining 345 yards on the ground, which makes their offense very tough to stop. UCLA did a nice job against the Wolfpack’s attack, holding Nevada to just 171 yards total on the ground, and 182 through the air. I’m sure the Bruins would have loved to force a turnover or two, and if the Bruins were paying attention to the Huskers this past weekend (as I’m sure they were) the Bruins know they may need to force a turnover or two to slow down Nebraska’s offense.

As I’m writing this the lines are just getting released, and right now most offshore books have the Huskers at -4. There has been little to no significant line movement as of now, but watch this one closely as it’s sure to bounce around.

These are two good teams, however both teams do have some weaknesses. UCLA’s quarterback Hundley is a good player and did have a nice freshman season, but the atmosphere in Lincoln can rattle anyone. The running game for the Bruins is impressive and if the Bruins stick to the ground game and utilize play action off of it, there should be some plays to be made against this questionable Husker defensive unit. Nebraska will get theirs as well, and while I do feel the Bruins have a very real shot at the upset here, I’m happy to be a bit more conservative and take a bit more than a field goal.

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