Published Friday, September 7, 2012 AT 5:36 PM / Updated at 6:30 PM
Tom’s Friday Tailgate
Tom Shatel Omaha World-Herald

This week’s picks carry the appropriate theme, “California Dreamin’:”

1. Nebraska 35, UCLA 28. I expect this shootout to go into the fourth quarter. This one validates the Taylor Martinez passing revival even more than last week, because it’s on the road in a classic venue against a Pac-12 team. Welcome home, Taylor.

2. Quincy Enunwa’s big day. The Huskers’ deep pool of receivers will be key in this one. Look for Enunwa to become Martinez’s go-to guy. And start the road toward an all-Big Ten year for the junior receiver.

3. Iowa State 24, Iowa 21. The vibe around the Hawkeyes right now isn’t good and although they’re hard to beat at Kinnick, I’m going with Steele Jantz and a late-touchdown drive for the Clones.

4. Texas A&M 28, Florida 17. Welcome to Aggie Country, SEC.

5. Georgia 31, Missouri 28. The Bulldogs are missing a handful of starters and Columbia is buzzing. But will the Tigers be too hyped? I think Georgia’s solid enough to pull one out here.

6. Kansas State 35, Miami 21. Never thought I’d ever see the Hurricanes touch down in Manhattan, Kan.

7. Michigan State 35, Central Michigan 14. Sparty’s defense is worth bragging about. I doubt it will be on Twitter, though.

8. Florida State 66, Savannah State 0. The line here is a ridiculous 70. I know Okie State put up 84 on Savannah last week, but I can’t imagine it happening again. I don’t know that FSU’s offense is that explosive. Unfortunately for Savannah State, we’re going to find out.

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  1. Jon G. says:

    Your constant writings on Martinez are hilarious, wait till he falls back into his old patterns again. Will see what excuses you have for him them. Don’t try to sell Husker Nation to him there are a lot of people who still don’t have confidence in that kid.

    1. jrs says:

      Martinez will be just fine. Only problems are comments such yours. Either get behind your team or go away.

      1. Jon G. says:

        Behind the team just not sold on him after one game. Let’s see what happens with the others.

      2. Scott says:

        JRS.. you’re a child. get a spine, grow a pair or leave.

    2. Scott says:

      very prophetic there, Jon. I said the same thing last week. All the OWH sports writers were raving about the 1 game that martinez looked good in so far, hyping him up for the Heisman. and now, tonite, the UCLA win is disgusting. Now, see all the fair weather fans jump off the sinking ship and change their tune about how wonderful our team is.. idiots.

  2. CLHusker says:

    Taylor will be fine. I’m more worried about our defense being able to contain a mobile QB. If we’re not successful at UCLA, we’re going to have big problems against OSU, Northwestern, and Michigan. The Blackshirts need to step up!!!