The UCLA Bruins and Nebraska Cornhuskers will both look to pick up a season-ending victory when they square off in the 2015 Foster Farms Bowl on Saturday, December 26 at 9:15 PM ET, when they take to the gridiron at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, California. Click here for NCAA Football betting lines. Both legendary football factories are coming off damaging losses in their final regular season games and have plenty of incentive to win this matchup in an effort to head into the offseason with a positive vibe surrounding their respective programs. Now, let’s find out who’s going to get the win and ATS cover.
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Lets Take a Closer Look at the Bruins vs Cornhuskers Foster Farms Bowl NCAA Football Odds & Game Preview
When: Saturday, December 26, 9:15 PM ET
Where: Levi’s Stadium, Santa Clara, California
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NCAAF Odds: UCLA -6.5
Bet The Nebraska Cornhuskers at +6.5 Because…
They’re completely and utterly desperate! Nebraska had their two-game winning streak snapped in their season-ending 28-20 loss o Iowa and failed to reach the six-win plateau to become bowl eligible. Still, the Cornhuskers are one of three five-win programs that benefited from the NCAA’s decision to use Academic Progress Rate as the main tiebreaking method to help it reach the 80 teams needed to fill out 40 bowl games
Led by quarterback Tommy Armstrong Jr., Nebraska averaged a healthy 32.5 points per game in what was the Big Ten’s second-ranked total offense this season. While the strong-armed signal-caller is the only Cornhusker to record two seasons with at least 3,000 total yards, Armstrong Jr. also tossed a whopping nine interceptions over his final three contests. Now, with the Cornhuskers assured of finishing with a losing record for the third time since 1962, Nebraska looks to pull off the big upset to finish n a high note. The Cornhuskers allow 27.8 points per game defensively.
Bet The UCLA Bruins at -6.5 Because…
UCLA got smacked around in their season-ending 40-21 loss against USC to fall short in their bid for a Rose Bowl berth. The good news for the Bruins however is that they’ve won 11 consecutive non-conference contests UCLA got a string of record-setting performances this season as kicker Ka’imi Fairbairn became the Pac-12 conference’s all-time leading scorer while wide receiver Jordan Payton become the school’s all-time receptions leader.
Freshman quarterback Josh Rosen threw two interceptions against the Trojans to stop his streak of not throwing one at 245 attempts, one of several school records he broke en route to earning Pac-12 Offensive Freshman of the Year honors. Paul Perkins ranks third in the conference in rushing (1,275 yards) while first-team All-Pac 12 junior defensive tackle Kenny Clark is the leader of a defense that is tied for first in the conference in fewest yards allowed per play (4.9).
The Bruins average 32.5 points per game while allowing limiting their opponent to 25.1 points per contest defensively.
Expert Pick & Final Score Prediction
While the Cornhuskers have gone 8-3 ATS in their last 11 non-conference games, Nebraska is also just 1-4 ATS in their last five games against teams from the Pac-12. UCLA has gone 6-1 ATS in their last seven games following an ATS loss and a near-perfect 4-1 ATS in their last five games against teams from the Big Ten. I like the UCLA Bruins to win and cash in as Tommy Armstrong Jr. throws at least two costly interceptions.
My Pick: UCLA 35 Nebraska 28