The Huskers and Bruins seem to have similar strengths and possibly similar weaknesses. But UCLA only has one game on the season and the film on them may not tell the whole picture of what they bring to the table. Nebraska's defense still has a number of question marks, and the local media has pounced on those with a lens not present in the hands of national pundits.
The Huskers have been sitting at 4 or 4.5 point favorites for most of the week as UCLA prepares to head to Lincoln. Over/under is sitting at 70. Predictions across the board seem to be somewhere around a 40 to 35 win, but the difference is in who various prognosticators are picking to come out ahead.
- Scout: UCLA 41 - Nebraska 34
- Pat Forde: Nebraska 41 - UCLA 35
- AP: Nebraska 38 - UCLA 31
- BTN Tom Dienhart: Nebraska 38 - UCLA 33
- BTN Brent Yarina: Nebraska 40 - UCLA 37
- BTN Sean Merriman: Nebraska 42 - UCLA 35
- BTN Stephen Bardo: UCLA 42 - Nebraska 35
- ESPN Brian Bennett: UCLA 38 - Nebraska 34
- ESPN Adam Rittenberg: Nebraska 35 - UCLA 34
Straight Up Picks
- CBS Sports: 4 for Nebraska, 2 for UCLA
- Yahoo!: "2" for Nebtaska, 1 for UCLA (includes Yahoo! Users picks)
- USA Today: 2 for Nebraska, 4 for UCLA
What does it all mean? It means what it means in almost every college football game between ranked opponents in different conferences: nobody knows for sure what is going to happen. The results of this weekends game will be another piece of the puzzle in the picture of the 2013 Huskers. Right now, that picture looks like a team not unlike previous years. Some good offense, some questionable defense, and what seems to be a split chance of coming away with a win.