UCLA vs. Nebraska: TV Info, Spread, Injury Updates, Game Time and More

Ryan RudnanskySenior Writer ISeptember 14, 2013

LINCOLN, NE - SEPTEMBER 7: Quarterback Taylor Martinez #3 of the Nebraska Cornhuskers eyes the Southern Miss Golden Eagles defense during their game at Memorial Stadium on September 7, 2013 in Lincoln, Nebraska. (Photo by Eric Francis/Getty Images)
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In a big-time matchup, No. 23 Nebraska hosts No. 16 UCLA on Saturday, hoping to ride the momentum from a 56-13 victory over Southern Miss in Week 2.

Nebraska posted 479 yards of total offense against the Golden Eagles last week, led by dual-threat quarterback Taylor Martinez (15-of-23, 170 passing yards, three touchdowns, 34 rushing yards) and junior running back Ameer Abdullah (114 yards, two touchdowns).

The Cornhuskers also racked up four interceptions, one sack, nine tackles for loss and seven quarterback hurries in the win.

UCLA had Week 2 off after defeating Nevada to open the season, 58-20. 

Against the Wolf Pack, the Bruins exploded for 647 yards of total offense, led by sophomore quarterback Brett Hundley, who passed for 274 yards and two touchdowns while rushing for 63 yards and another two scores.

This should be an explosive clash in Lincoln as Nebraska fights to remain in the Top 25.

Here's a look at the matchup.

*All statistics courtesy of CFBStats.com


When: Saturday, Sept. 14 at 12 p.m. ET

Where: Memorial Stadium, Lincoln, NE

Watch: ABC

Betting Line (via Covers.com): Nebraska -3.5


UCLA Injuries (via USA Today)

Out: DE Eli Ankou (Knee), CB Marcus Rios (Illness), CB John Johnson (Shoulder), WR Kenny Walker (Back), S Dietrich Riley (Neck/Shoulder), DE Owamagbe Odighizuwa (Hip)

Questionable: RB Damien Thigpen (Knee)

Probable: No injuries to report


Nebraska Injuries (via USA Today)

Out: LB Courtney Love (Hamstring), DT Kevin Williams (Knee)

Questionable: LB Jared Afalava (Neck), TE Sam Cotton (Ankle/Hamstring)

Probable: No injuries to report


Top 25 Implications

If the Cornhuskers lose to UCLA on Saturday, they will likely fall out of the Top 25 in the AP poll. The Bruins should still remain in the Top 25 even if they lose to the Cornhuskers.

UCLA fell out of the rankings on the final week of the season in 2012, losing to Baylor in the Holiday Bowl, 49-26. Meanwhile, Nebraska finished ranked 25th, falling to Georgia in the Capital One Bowl, 45-31.

The Cornhuskers ranked 18th in the AP preseason poll this year, while the Bruins ranked 21st. Despite winning their first two games of the 2013 campaign, the Cornhuskers already find themselves behind UCLA in the rankings.

Of course, that could all change on Saturday.


Prediction: UCLA 38, Nebraska 34

I still like UCLA's defense over Nebraska's unit, and that's where this game is decided for me.

While the Cornhuskers held Southern Miss to 13 points in Week 2, keep in mind that Texas State held Southern Miss to 15 points in Week 1.

I'm more focused on Nebraska allowing 34 points to Wyoming in Week 1, in which the Cowboys racked up 602 yards of total offense.

Nebraska ceded 27.6 points per game in 2012. Losing your top five tacklers in the offseason doesn't exactly project a move in the right direction for the Cornhuskers defense.

Hundley once again hurts Nebraska. This time, he does it in Lincoln.


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