College Football Week 3 Picks: UCLA Bruins vs. Nebraska Cornhuskers

No. 16 UCLA Bruins vs. No. 23 Nebraska Cornhuskers
Saturday, 9/14/13, 12:00 PM EST
Opening Point Spread:  Nebraska -4
Current Betting Line:  Nebraska -4.5
Opening Total:  68
Current Total:  70
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The Nebraska Cornhuskers are out for revenge after last year's 36-30 loss to the UCLA Bruins at the Rose Bowl
The Nebraska Cornhuskers are out for revenge after last year’s 36-30 loss to the UCLA Bruins at the Rose Bowl

UCLA is coming off a bye week after picking up a 58-20 season-opening victory over the Nevada Wolf Pack as 20.5-point home favorites on Aug. 21, while going OVER the betting total of 68.  The Bruins won the statistical battle by 294 yards in that affair, with 12 different receivers catching at least one pass.  Quarterback Brett Hundley racked up 337 yards of total offense and accounted for four scores—two coming on the ground and two through the air.  UCLA is 6-10 SU and 8-8 ATS as underdogs the last two-plus seasons, with the OVER going 10-6 in that situation.

The Bruins picked up a 36-30 victory over the Cornhuskers as 3.5-point home underdogs in last year’s meeting, as they racked up 653 total yards of offense.  UCLA has won 16 of its last 21 games when winning the turnover battle and owns a 15-31 mark when losing or ending up tied in that category.  During the 2012 campaign, the team won four road games in a season for the first time since 2002, which is important to consider when looking over the college football odds page.

Nebraska seems ready for its most high-profile game of its non-conference schedule, as  it has opened the season with a pair of home victories over Southern Miss and Wyoming.  The Cornhuskers have won their last four games at Memorial Stadium against ranked opponents, while they’ve gone 9-6 in that situation since 2000.  The team is 89-40-5 all-time against current members of the Pac-12 Conference, which can’t be ignored when making your college football picks Saturday afternoon.

The Cornhuskers have gone 17-1 at home in non-conference action under head coach Bo Pelini, as they shoot for their sixth straight year with nine or more wins.  Nebraska quarterback Taylor Martinez has enjoyed a great amount of success in the opening weeks of a season during his career—entering with a 14-1 record in games prior to October.  The offense has averaged 43.2 points per game in that situation, while posting a 12-0 mark in front of the home fans.

Sports bettors will likely back the Cornhuskers due to their 6-3 ATS mark as home favorites of 3.5 to 7 points in their last nine opportunities.

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