Quick, name the two teams that put up the third and fourth most offensive yards in the nation last weekend against FBS competition?
Yes, the Bruins and Huskers would be those two teams and it is all thanks to the two quarterbacks.
Nebraska’s Taylor Martinez has received a ton of negative hype over the years, but the kid put on a clinic against one of the better non-BCS defenses in the nation.
Going up against Southern Miss, he passed for 358 yards and five touchdowns with his superstar running back Rex Burkhead on the sidelines nursing a sprained MCL. Those injuries can take 2-3 weeks to heal, but Burkhead is just listed as questionable heading into this matchup (may change to doubtful, most speculate he will miss the game).
Without Burkhead more of the onus will be put on Martinez, but the depth behind Burkhead is solid with Ameer Abdullah possessing track star speed.
Plus, many are forgetting about the major strides their receivers are making which could have a huge impact in this matchup, as the Bruins’ secondary is somewhat soft.
The Bruins need redshirt freshman QB Brett Hundley to continue to improve their passing game and it all starts up front with Johnathan Franklin at running back.
UCLA sliced and diced the Owls of Rice apart for 343 yards on the ground albeit it will be tough to come close to matching those numbers against an athletic Huskers defense.
Time: 7:30 p.m. Eastern
Experts Pick: Nebraska by 5
Danny V’s Pick: Nebraska 31, UCLA 24