The Huskers take the Big Red show on the road this weekend as they face UCLA in what could be their future Bowl Detination, the Rose Bowl (I love wishful thinking). UCLA is a big step up in competition this week as the Bruins put a huting on Rice last weekend 49-24 (YEs I am aware that it was Rice).
On offense I think that the Huslers will keep rolling with Martinez using his stable of young, fast, and intelligent receivers to push the ball down the field and open up the running game for Abdullah and the other backs (No Rex this week?). I'm hoping to see Kenny Bell get a few more grabs and I beleive that Turner will make some big plays this week with Timmy watching from the sidelines with an injury.
On the Defensive side of the ball I'm sure we will get to see a lot more of our three senior linebackers making plays against a talented UCLA backfield. Jonathan Franklin ran wild last week with 214 yards and 3 TDs, but he was not going up against the front four of the Blackshirts. I think Franklin will definetly crack 100 yeards, but he won't be end zone danncing nearly as often. The corners and safeties willshut down (that's right I said SHUT DOWN) the UCLA receivers and NU will roll to an impressive win.
Husker - 38
UCLA - 21
Bold Prediction: Though not so bold Ameer Abdullah will have his first 100 yard rushing day as a Husker and Imani Cross will rush for his first TD. On Defense Papuchis turns Eric Martin lose on UCLA QB Brett Hundley. Word on the street is that Martin is chomping at the bit to make some noise in his home state and I predict he will finish the game with one sack and two tackles for loss (Go get em Caveman).
45-21 Nebraska rolls....Bruins score on late touchdown to make it look closer then it really was....GBR PACT!
Care Bears 23
Braylon Heard has a big day rushing and upstages Ameer and Imani.
Huskers - 77
Surfer Dudes - 17
Two words: AIR RAID
Just kidding...the 49 - 24 range is probably more likely.
We'll win this game but I'll give no score predictions. I just don't want to see fumbles like the Iowa State game in 2010.
I think it will be close. The defense hasn't shown a lot for me to be confident about slowing down the run. The Huskers air it out more, and move down the field quickly, which in turn leaves the defense with little rest.
Huskers - 45
Bruins - 38
In seeking to top last weeks pass catches by 11 different guys, the Huskers will roll out several tackle eligible plays so we can distribute the ball to at least 15 different guys even though we only get to take 70 to LA. (jk, most likely only 12 :)
On defense, well, I see more nickel defense. If we can contain that scramblin' youngster they have at quarterback and force him to throw, we will see a pick-6 for NU.
And to top it off, since we have two prediction pages, I will predict two different scores, thereby doubling my chances to be right and guaranteeing that I will be wrong at least once.
BIG RED AIR ATTACK SQUADRON - 42
ucla beach front hibernators - 28
Score will be closer than game. 4th quarter domination by our finely tuned athletes.
Old fashioned big 12 shoot out and the Blackshirts struggle with stopping the run for one more week.
Thinking this ball game wouldnt be as high scoring, more running, shorter game. Our O will still have to carry the load.
NU Red- 26 (Maher, plays a big one this game)
Many predicting a track meet in the Rose Bowl. Yeah...no shortage of scoring. And, no blackshirts coming out after the game. Husker D will miss here and there, but in the end will clamp down on the Bruins. Beck's weapons on O will provide another good day in points and yardage.
Can't wait to see how Beck, Martinez and the rest of the Red Barrons fly around the field tomorrow. 6:30 game which means plenty of time for all of us to get stretched and ready for the game! Defense will be ready and the coaches will have some looks that will send the Bruins to the chalkboard early. Go Big Red
I'm going with the assumption that the Husker culture is alive and well.......our guy's toughness, discipline, focus, and consistancy will continue to improve and the Huskers overwhelm a less physical UCLA team.