Feeling the heat at the Rose Bowl

PASADENA, Calif. -- The expectation is that Nebraska’s defense is going to try to turn up the heat on UCLA and the Bruins’ rookie quarterback Brett Hundley. But UCLA might be returning the favor with its home field advantage.

It’s hot at the Rose Bowl, about 95 degrees at field level with little to no breeze. This is exactly why Jim Mora worked his team out in San Bernardino this summer.

Still no word on whether Nebraska running back Rex Burkhead will play. He’s listed first on the depth chart. But the Bruins are just as concerned with quarterback Taylor Martinez and the five touchdowns he threw last week in the Cornhuskers’ 49-20 win over Southern Mississippi.

The Bruins got big games from Hundley and running back Johnathan Franklin last week. Expect Nebraska and its bulky and athletic even front to bring far more pressure than the Bruins saw against Rice.