After an impressive 49-25 victory over Rice in their season opener, the Bruins will have their hands full when the No. 16 Nebraska Cornhuskers come to the Rose Bowl on Saturday.
The Nebraska offense is led by junior quarterback Taylor Martinez, a polarizing figure whose red hot start as a freshman in 2010 has since been marred by inconsistent play. His sophomore year saw him struggle, passing for over 200 yards just twice, but some offseason work on this throwing mechanics have the Huskers encouraged in 2012. if his Week 1 numbers (24-34, 354 yards, 5 TD) are any indication, he's on the right track.
Senior running back Rex Burkhead, the go-to back in a deep Huskers backfield, is questionable with a knee injury. Sophomore Ameer Abdullah and freshman Imani Cross should carry the bulk of the load if Burkhead is unavailable.
The Huskers boast a solid receiving corps led by junior Quicy Enunwa and sophomore Kenny Bell. Bell was the team's leading receiver in 2011, and Enunwa was Martinez's top target in the Huskers 49-20 Week 1 win over Southern Mississippi.
An improved Huskers defense led by senior defensive lineman Baker Steinkuhler and senior linebacker Will Compton will look to capitalize on an unstable Bruins offensive line, while their deep secondary hopes to keep redshirt freshman quarterback Brett Hundley from establishing a passing attack for the Bruins.
Saturday's game begins at 4:30 p.m. PT and will be televised on FOX.