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Martinez and Abdullah will be very dangerous.
This game will provide a great litmus test for both programs.
For UCLA, heading to Lincoln amidst a massive sea of red will offer a great opportunity. A win against the Cornhuskers on the road should signify that the Bruins are for real.
As for Nebraska, the same holds true—except for the fact that revenge will surely be on the minds of Bo Pelini's squad.
Nebraska's offense will be a tough task to defend against. Like Fajardo, Martinez is one of the best dual-threat signal-callers in the country. His ability to improvise and create big plays with his feet makes him extremely dangerous.
Tailback Ameer Abdullah is a cat-quick athlete with big play ability. The trio of Kenny Bell, Jamal Turner and Quincy Enunwa will make up one of the best wide receiver corps UCLA faces all season.
Nebraska struggled on defense a year ago. To remedy the situation, the Cornhuskers got younger, faster and more athletic on defense. Depth issues do plague the defensive line—specifically at tackle.
Both teams will be hungry for a win against a ranked opponent. In some aspects, a victory could act as a springboard into a successful 2013 season for either program.
UCLA is fortunate from the standpoint that the team will have faced a very similar quarterback to Martinez in the first week of the season. Also, the Bruins will have an extra week of preparation for the Cornhuskers.
For that reason, the Bruins will leave Lincoln with a slim victory.
UCLA 38, Nebraska 35