No. 16 Nebraska (1-0) vs. UCLA (1-0), 7:30 p.m. (FOX)
Line: Nebraska by 5.
Nebraska returns to the Rose Bowl for its first meeting with UCLA since 1994, while the Bruins look to build on their season-opening victory at Rice in new coach Jim Mora’s home debut.
Nebraska QB Taylor Martinez vs. UCLA DE Datone Jones. Martinez is a California kid who dreamed of playing for UCLA. He’s coming off a monster game in the Huskers’ opener against Southern Miss, racking up 354 yards passing and five touchdowns. He was sacked just once. The Bruins must get Martinez uncomfortable to have a chance against the Huskers’ explosive offense, and Jones appears ready to reach his considerable potential after a disruptive effort in the opener against Rice.
PLAYERS TO WATCH
Nebraska: DT Baker Steinkuhler. The 6-foot-6 senior is off to a strong start after an eight-tackle performance against Southern Miss, his 40th game for the Huskers. He could wreak havoc on a UCLA offensive line likely to have just one senior starter.
UCLA: QB Brett Hundley. The redshirt freshman’s college debut was spectacular, starting with a 72-yard TD run on his first snap and concluding with 202 yards passing and two TDs. The Huskers’ seasoned defense will be much tougher to crack, but Hundley relishes the chance to test himself.
FACTS & FIGURES
Nebraska had just two first-time starters in its opener, both on the offensive line. ... UCLA is 21-5 in nonconference games at the Rose Bowl, dating to 1998. ... UCLA RB Johnathan Franklin had the 11th 100-yard rushing game of his career in the opener. ... Nebraska has eight Californians on its roster — all from the Los Angeles area — including Martinez, who went to high school in Corona, Calif., with UCLA WR Ricky Marvray. ... Nebraska lost 37-14 to Miami in the 2002 Rose Bowl, losing the BCS title game. ... The Huskers have won six of the schools’ past seven meetings since 1973.