AP: No. 16 UCLA at No. 23 Nebraska
Anthony Barr
Anthony Barr

Posted Sep 12, 2013


No. 23 Nebraska has revenge on their minds with the No. 16 UCLA Bruins coming to town.

No. 16 UCLA (1-0) at No. 23 Nebraska (2-0), 11 a.m. (ABC)

Line: Nebraska by 4 ½.

Series record: Nebraska 6-5.

WHAT'S AT STAKE

Last year's 36-30 win was a breakthrough for UCLA and set the stage for its run to the Pac-12 South title in coach Jim Mora's first season. The Bruins, favored to win the South again, can get a good measure of themselves playing in a tough environment. The Cornhuskers left the Rose Bowl embarrassed after UCLA rolled up 653 yards against them. Try as he might to downplay the revenge factor, you know coach Bo Pelini wants this one badly.

KEY MATCHUP


Nebraska defense vs. UCLA offense. Plenty of questions remain about the Huskers' young defense even though a sharp outing against struggling Southern Mississippi eased some of the anxiety that resulted from giving up 602 yards to Wyoming. No one has forgotten the meltdown against UCLA last year. This is a huge opportunity for the Blackshirts against a high-powered opponent.

PLAYERS TO WATCH


UCLA: QB Brett Hundley had one of the greatest seasons for a UCLA quarterback in 2012, and his coming out party was against Nebraska. He threw for 274 yards and two TDs and ran for two scores in an easy win over Nevada in the opener.

Nebraska: DE Randy Gregory looks to be on the verge of breaking out after recording four quarterback hurries and a tackle for loss against Southern Miss. The Huskers need Gregory to harass Hundley and flash the form that made him one of the most sought-after junior-college recruits.

FACTS & FIGURES


The Bruins will wear No. 36 patches on their jerseys and Nebraska players will have No. 36 decals on their helmets in honor of Nick Pasquale, the UCLA walk-on receiver who died after being struck by a vehicle Sunday. There also will be a moment of silence before the game ... The Huskers will wear black jerseys instead of their traditional home red tops ... Nebraska has won four straight meetings with UCLA in Lincoln ... UCLA played 15 freshmen and eight redshirt freshmen against Nevada ... Hundley has thrown 106 consecutive passes without an interceptions ... Nebraska has won 14 straight nonconference home games and is 17-1 in those games in Pelini's six seasons.


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