UCLA Vs. Nebraska Odds: Bruins 4.5-Point Underdogs In Home Opener

HOUSTON, TX - AUGUST 30: Johnathan Franklin #23 of the UCLA Bruins runs for a 74 yard touchdown in the first quarter of the game against the Rice Owls at Rice Stadium on August 30, 2012 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)

UCLA has opened a 4 1/2-point underdog to No. 17 Nebraska in its upcoming home opener.

UCLA has opened a 4 1/2-point underdog to No. 17 Nebraska in its upcoming home opener.

The Bruins opened their season on the road Thursday against Rice and, in head coach Jim Mora's first game, won 49-24. On the first play from scrimmage, Brett Hundley broke a run 72 yards for a touchdown, and the Bruins used that momentum to carry an early 19-0 lead. Rice answered and came to within two points at 19-17, but a Johnathan Franklin 78-yard touchdown run separated the two teams for good.

Franklin finished with 214 yards rushing and three touchdowns, and UCLA totaled 343 yards on the ground.

Nebraska rolled to an easy 49-20 win in its opener Saturday against Southern Mississippi. Quarterback Taylor Martinez threw for 354 yards and five touchdowns. In all, the Cornhuskers finished with 632 yards of total offense.

UCLA and Nebraska play at 4:30 p.m. PT Saturday at the Rose Bowl.

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