So the big news on the football front is our very exciting bowl match up against Florida State Seminoles. Dan Guerrero is giddy!:
Last year, the Bruins defeated Northwestern in the Sun Bowl and finished with a 10-2 record. In 2004, UCLA lost to Wyoming in the Las Vegas Bowl and ended 6-6, and in 2003, the Bruins lost to Fresno State in the Silicon Valley Classic and finished 6-7.
"Facing Bobby Bowden and the Florida State Seminoles has a lot of star power attached to that," Guerrero said. "This will not just be an intriguing matchup for us but also for the fans here on the West Coast and a national TV audience."
Well no mention of UCLA anywhere in one of the better FSU blogs (except for a nifty countdown clock to the bowl game!) and the latest post has this:
More dose of reality from Dump Dorrell on this exciting bowl matchup:
Look, what Bruin fan doesn?t like the idea of playing Florida State in a bowl game?! It sounds good because of the history of FSU. But this game is still between two 6-6 teams (we are sticking with our prediction for Saturday but want to be proven wrong), and if it weren?t for us being one of them you would not watch it. Sorry, we think it?s stupid. We will watch it like we watch a car wreck, morbid fascination.
Ok let me putt aside my cynicism wrt Dorrell's shitty football program for a moment. This bowl game does present him with yet another golden opportunity to resuscitate his irrelevant and mediocre football program. So as DG said this bowl game could be "real plus" for our program. But there is a big "if".
IF Dorrell pulls out a win this Saturday and then build on the incredible euphoria and momentum generated from possibly the biggest victory of UCLA football from last seven mediocre and underachieving years (including last year's joke of a 10 win season), then Dorrell and his coaching staff can do themselves some good by coming out this bowl game and destroying Florida State.
So it really goes back to this weekend. If Dorrell loses this game on Saturday a matchup against a washed up Bobby Bowden's struggling, less than average football program will be uninspiring, boring, and irrelevant to everyone except for the athletics departments lackies and asskissers from Westwood and Tallahassee.
Dorrell has no choice but to win this Saturday.
Losing will not be an option.