As Cornhusker fans start looking toward the Nebraska vs. UCLA matchup, they could be forgiven for being a little confused as to what they should expect. Against Wyoming, Nebraska's vaunted Blackshirt defense was shredded for 602 yards and fans saw visions of Wisconsin in the Big Ten title game flashing through their heads.
But then the Blackshirts buckled down, holding Southern Mississippi to 284 yards and 13 points in what looked to be a much more solid performance. Both Wyoming and Southern Mississippi, of course, are a level below the competition Nebraska will be facing in the B1G this season.
UCLA, however, will provide Nebraska's defense with one of its sternest tests all years. The Bruins knocked off Nebraska 36-30 in Pasadena last season, gouging NU's defense for 653 yards of total offense. So how Nebraska responds when faced with an opponent of UCLA's caliber should tell us a lot about how far the Blackshirts have progressed.
Here are five things in particular we will learn.