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Bowl Bash Preview – Dec. 26


UCLA (8-4, 5-4 PAC-12) VS. NEBRASKA (5-7, 3-5 BIG 10)

The Matchup:

Nebraska are another 5-7 team to be included in a bowl game but they would be 6-6 if not for the crazy Hail Mary from BYU in Week 1. Nebraska had some talent but their inexperience hurt them in close games.

They lost by three against Miami but had some bad losses against Illinois and Purdue. Yet they managed to keep things close against Northwestern, Wisconsin and Iowa, plus they upset Michigan State at the end of the season. This game depends on which Nebraska team shows up.

UCLA are led by Freshman quarterback Josh Rosen who has proven that the program is going to be in good hands going forward. UCLA’s terrible performances came at the wrong time, the first against Arizona State midway through the season and at the end of the season against USC.

The Prediction:

UCLA have too many weapons on offense, Rosen simply has a better supporting case than Tommy Armstrong Jr. does. Paul Perkins and Jordan Payton each have more than 1,000 yards at the skill positions and Nebraska has none.

Don’t get me wrong, this will still be a close game since UCLA is favored by a touchdown. I believe the Cornhuskers have enough to cover but the Bruins should still get it done.



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