This Saturday the UCLA Football team will travel to Lincoln, Neb. to take on the 23rd ranked Cornhuskers.
Both teams are led by dynamic dual threat quaterbacks and sport defenses waiting to respond to their first real challenge of the year. Both teams have BCS Bowl potential, but the Bruins are going to have to bring their highest level of intensity if they want to walk away with a victory on Saturday.
The Bruins have had a bye week to prepare for the Huskers’ high powered offense that features Taylor Martinez, one of the most threatening dual threat QBs in college football.
Martinez is supported by Ameer Abdullah at running back along with Imani Cross and freshman Terrell Newby. The 3-tiered running game is opened up by an improved offensive line and lethal receiving corps, led by Kenny Bell, who racked up 800 yards last year.
The Bruins defensive line will need to be ready for a long ‘ground-and-pound’ game from the Huskers’ running game that finished 8th in the country last year. Keenan Graham and freshman Eddie Vanderdoes will need to play a strong contain in the run game and not let the backs get to the edge because Abdullah and Newby have the speed to make them pay.
The Bruins young secondary will be tested this week as Nebraska hasn’t shown a lot in the passing game yet, but is sure to open up on Saturday. Look for leadership from seniors Jorodon Zumwalt and Anthony Barr and possibly a break out game from Ishmael Adams.
Keys for the offense in Lincoln will be to keep the Huskers on their toes in mixing up the run and pass game. The Huskers bounced back last week vs. Southern Miss. but allowed over 600 yards to Wyoming in their opener.
If Hundley can keep the Huskers guessing by utilizing James, Evans, and his own legs, they will be able to throw off the Huskers shaky defense. It will be important to get an early lead and never let up.
The Huskers are known for their comebacks if they stay in the game long enough, but they’ve also been known to roll over and blow games if the pressure stays on them long enough.
The tipping point in the game Saturday will be the location. With 90,000 screaming fans in one of the hardest places to play in the country, the Bruins will need to stay composed and control the momentum of the game. If they do that, the Bruins can upset the Huskers with a win.
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