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College Football Picks: Experts Take Nebraska Over UCLA

One of the bigger games on the Week 2 college football schedule will feature the UCLA Bruins and Nebraska Cornhuskers. The Bruins will be looking to make a statement under new head coach Jim Mora, while the Cornhuskers enter ranked No. 16 in the nation and boasting plenty of playmakers on offense.

Many football gurus from around the country have made their picks. Here they are.

Ted Miller and Kevin Gemmell of ESPN's Pac-12 blog:

Kevin: Nebraska 28, UCLA 27. I saw a lot of good things out of the Bruins in Week 1. I also saw a lot of things that won't fly against the Cornhuskers. I want to pull the trigger on the Bruins, but the youth on the offensive line is still a concern.

Ted: Nebraska 35, UCLA 24. The Bruins will battle, but Nebraska quarterback Taylor Martinez is a third-year starter who appears to have figured it all out. I want to see how the Bruins run the ball and stop the run. Of course, that's all about taking a measure of UCLA's physicality up front.

Seven of CBS Sports' college football experts made their pick. All seven took Nebraska to win, although their computer simulation of the game has UCLA coming out on top.

Stewart Mandel of

Both teams' offenses looked sharp in their openers, though the Huskers may be without star running back Rex Burkhead (MCL sprain). Nebraska has depth at that position with Ameer Abdullah (15 carries, 81 yards last week) and Imani Cross (11 carries, 62 yards), however, plus a veteran quarterback in Taylor Martinez. That's not the case for UCLA: Freshman Brett Hundley will face his first BCS opponent. Nebraska 28 - UCLA 21.

And here is SB Nation Studios' Dan Rubenstein with his picks:

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