After a convincing 49-20 win last weekend over Southern Miss., the Nebraska Cornhuskers head out on the road to take on an improved UCLA squad from last season.
UCLA defeated Rice last weekend with a score of 49-24.
Taylor Martinez and his much improved throwing motion has an opportunity to torch UCLA’s defense. To be honest, I was shocked with what I saw out of Martinez. It was the first time ever that I watched him and said to myself, ‘that looks like a passing quarterback.’ I hope that it is a sign of things to come and it doesn’t fade away into the sunset.
The big question mark is if Rex Burkhead will be healthy enough to play. And if he is, how effective will he be?
Rex did show in his three carries for 68 yards that he is one of the best in the country, and the Huskers will need him to be at full strength. However, if Burkhead is unable to play, the Huskers have a deep roster of running backs that can fill in. Last week we saw Ameer Abdullah, Braylon Heard, and the guy I’m most excited about, true freshman Imani Cross. If you don’t know the name, learn it now, because he will be a force throughout his career at Nebraska.
The Blackshirts will have to get a handle on UCLA’s rushing attack on offense. The Huskers gave up 185 yards last week to Southern Miss, and UCLA had 343 rushing yards last week. If the Huskers want to win, the Blackshirts will need to step up the run defense and throw the bones.
The Huskers should have no issues against UCLA in my book. The offense for Nebraska is just too balanced and explosive for UCLA to handle. If Martinez can repeat last week, throwing for over 300 yards and have a stellar 70 percent completion percentage, and the running attack is there, I see no problem with the Huskers beating the Bruins.
Final score Nebraska 42, UCLA 24.
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Written by Richard Rhoden
Richard is a current student at Wayne State College in Nebraska. You are encouraged to follow him on twitter @BigRichSports and chat anything with him.