This is a fairly safe prediction as the various individual lineups seem to favor the Huskers. The slight problem is UCLA is a team with a real home field advantage and with Husker defense still learning so the lack of crowd support may hurt. UCLA has a high-powered offense, probably a little better than the Huskers since it’s going to take multiple high yardage games to convince me Huskers will pass consistently instead of fall back in their comfort zone of too much running. If Rex stays out that will help because it reduces the run game enough the pass game must succeed, but an early interception will freak Taylor out.
So I predict a win, but not a blowout. I think it will be a tight win, probably with a key defensive play. If the offense gets off-key right away (Taylor is still a moody guy) Huskers could dump the game. In the old days the offense could be off and the defense would win it, but not any more. The offense has to have a good game but probably won’t match UCLA’s since they don’t view the pass as a commie plot. If Taylor starts running again you’ll know he’s having a bad day. Fortunately he won’t have fans cheering when he screwed up and turned the called play into a desperation run.
Huskers by 4.