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Nebraska vs UCLA betting prediction, odds

The Cornhuskers opened as 4-point favorites over visiting UCLA in a battle of Top 25 teams.

No. 20 Nebraska covered the spread in six of seven home games last season, but was unimpressive in opening wins over Wyoming and Southern Miss at Memorial Stadium to start this year.

The Cornhuskers’ defense was extremely shaky in Week 1 against Wyoming, surrendering 34 points.

No. 16 UCLA brings an explosive offense to Lincoln, led by sophomore quarterback Brett Hundley. The Bruins put up 58 points in an opening win over Nevada. They were off last week.

The game kicks off at noon ET, an early start for West Coast teams.

View UCLA vs Nebraska Odds and Stats.

Nebraska UCLA Betting Line: Sportsbooks such as Sportsbook.ag had set the Cornhuskers as 4-point favorites on the opening line for this contest. The total was 70 over at Bovada mid-week, watch for line movement and get your action down early as this game has an early start.

Power Rankings / Prediction: The Cornhuskers - Bruins odds would favor the Bruins if the lines were set according to power ranks. Nebraska is rated No. 67 in our latest OddsShark poll, while the Bruins sit at No. 34. Math models based on recent stats and predictive formulas point to a 45-30 win for the Bruins.

How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Nebraska's No. 16-ranked offense (46.5 PPG) against a Bruins defense that ranks No. 45 at 20 PPG. The Cornhuskers passing attack has averaged 174.5 yards per game, less than the Bruins give up through the air (182 YPG on average).

UCLA was a 58-20 winner in its last match at home against Nevada. They covered the 20.5-point spread as favorites, while the total score of 78 sent OVER bettors to the payout window. Jordon James ran through the Nevada defense for 155 yards in UCLA's last game, handing the Wolf Pack a 58-20 setback on Saturday at Rose Bowl.

Nebraska won its last outing, a 56-13 result against Southern Miss on September 7. Nebraska covered in that game as a 28-point favorite, while the 69 combined points took the game OVER the total. Ameer Abdullah went over the 100-yard mark (114) in his team's latest effort as Nebraska defeated Southern Miss by a score of 56-13 on Saturday.

UCLA Bruins Trends:
When playing in September are 7-3
When playing on turf are 4-6
After outgaining opponent are 6-4
When playing outside the conference are 6-4

Nebraska Cornhuskers Trends:
When playing in September are 9-1
When playing on turf are 8-2
After outgaining opponent are 7-3
When playing outside the conference are 7-3

A few Bruins at Cornhuskers trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 7 of UCLA's last 8 games
The total has gone OVER in 5 of UCLA's last 6 games on the road
UCLA is 6-3 SU in its last 9 games
UCLA is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games on the road
Nebraska is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home
Nebraska is 8-2 SU in its last 10 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Nebraska's last 5 games
Nebraska is 7-2-1 ATS in its last 10 games at home

Next up:
UCLA home to New Mexico State, Saturday, September 21
Nebraska home to South Dakota State, Saturday, September 21