UCLA Bruins (1-0 SU, 1-0 ATS) vs. Nebraska Cornhuskers (2-0 SU, 1-1 ATS)
College Football Week 3
Date and Time: September 14th, 2013, 12 Noon EST
Where: Memorial Stadium
by Tim, Football Handicapper, Predictem.com
Point Spread: UCLA +4.5/NEB -4.5
Over/Under Total: 70
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Here we go! Pelini laid down the gauntlet to his team after dismantling Southern Miss last week 56-13, Theyre coming into our house and we owe them! Pelini was speaking of the 2012 Nebraska-UCLA game where UCLA won 36-30 racking up 653 yards of total offense against the Huskers. Pardon me Mr. Pelini, but if we are going to owe people by those standards, the pay line in Lincoln might be a little longer than you suggest. You owe Wyoming from week 1 for pasting your defense with 602 yards, Missouri for the 2008 worst home loss ever 52-17, Oklahoma in the same season 62-28, the 2011 1st ever game as a Big 10 member Wisconsin Beatdown 48-17, the 2012 63-38 loss to the Buckeyes, and the monstrously overbearing 70-30 loss to Wisconsin on national television in the Big 10 Championship game! UCLA is like 25th on the list to get paid! Pelini needs to cool his jets before he must hire a team of Payroll Clerks to keep up with the ever-increasing Accounts Payable. UCLA is ranked 16th and comes into this game after pouring it on a pretty decent Nevada team in week one; 58-20. Nebraska is generously ranked 23rd after escaping a pretty marginal Wyoming team 37-34 while being out-played, and handing Southern Miss a 56-13 loss after Southern Miss gave up 4 turnovers. Lets take a look inside this game to find a winner!
UCLA lost inspirational player Nick Pasquale last week when Pasquale was hit and killed by a motorist. UCLA players have taken the death of Nick very hard and with emotions running high throughout the entire week—a funeral; dealing with death etc.—the danger for the Bruins is to come out flat against Nebraska after spending so much emotional energy during the week. Of course the alternative for the Bruins is to come out singularly focused for their teammate and play in honor of Nicks death. Its a coin-flip and whatever side the coin lands on, it is doubtful any sports spectator could find fault with the Bruins. The Bruins on paper and on the field are clearly the superior team in this matchup. Led by QB Brett Hundley, the Bruins have a balanced and explosive offense—just like USC used to have (before the Kiffin-ator)! The Bruins are making their way back after being Kiffin-ed by Rick Neuheisel who believed that somehow, recruiting inferior athletes and having a bad game plan, victories would occur early and often. Ask Kiffin; Whatever Al Davis thinks about ya is probably trueand bad players plus a bad scheme equals either no wins or a tendency towards NCAA infractions. The Bruins are intimidating bringing size, speed, and athleticism to the field each and every time they strap it on. The Bruins do their damage through the air and on the ground while pressuring opposing offenses into mistakes. Lets look at these 2 teams and see who has the best possible chance of covering.
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Nebraska will have their Sea of Red all over Memorial Stadium in Lincoln and their goofy mascots Herbie Husker and Lil Red will be on hand to scare the crap outta sane people in the Stadium! Herbie Husker looks like Eugene Levy on uppers as a doorman at a Strip Club. Lil Red resembles a young Dom Deluise Waiting suffering elephantitis and gout! Put them together and you have reasons why the Nebraskas defense keeps getting rolled; no one in Lincoln recognizes the obvious! Holy Lord! The defense gives up huge chunks of yards because they are UCLA in the early 2000s >>>> Bad Players+Bad Scheme+Disturbing Mascots= Lots O Yards for opposing offenses. Truly, this game should be a UCLA blow-out but the Wild Card remains: How will the UCLA Bruins react emotionally in this game-inspired or spent? I say UCLA if inspired blows out Nebraska. If UCLA comes to Lincoln flat; UCLA wins by 6. Sorry Husker fans; youre best playing days are wayyyyy behind you. Get some Players, toughen up, and start competing. Until Nebraska gets the horses, theyll be adding to the list of who to pay back with each passing week.
Tims Pick to Cover the Point Spread: UCLA +4.5 and SU
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