I imagine lot of folks are already out at the golf course setting up early Saturday tailgates w mimosas and bloody marrys. For the rest of us we get to read more clichés and feel good spin coming out of a program (and the reporters who cover them) in total denial.
Dohn reports on how coaches have hammered home point that they are three and oh in the conference, and how they are expecting a Pac-10 championship, because (drumroll please) its all written in their wristbands:
The Bruins are a half-game behind Arizona State (7-0, 4-0), but many of their toughest opponents remain on the schedule.
Bell said the players knew they were undefeated in league play, even after the horrific defeat to the Irish, but it wasn't until the coaching staff hammered the point home that total belief took effect.
"Coach put up some numbers, and we actually got to see it physically instead of just hearing it, and we kind of shook (the loss to Notre Dame) off," Bell said.
"It's a nonconference game. I know it sucks to say that, and great teams have to be ready and come out every week to play a championship game ... but it meant absolutely nothing to the Pac-10 race.
"And we all have these wristbands on that say, `Finish Pac-10 championship.' Everybody on this team believes we can win a Pac-10 championship.
I am sure it's all about the wristbands man. And we are fully expecting those wristbands do their magic and propel us to a win at the Rose Bowl.
Meanwhile, Kahlil's team-mate Trey as usual is talking again about how he has put an embarrassing lost behind him:
"We're undefeated in the Pac-10 and we have another Pac-10 opponent right in our backyard. You just have to take what you learned from those previous games."
Meanwhile, Dohn also gives us the spin on how there is no rift between the offense and defense:
"We lost, but, hey, we're still a team, we're still a family," UCLA senior defensive end Bruce Davis said. "It's the same if my little brother came out and started acting the fool. I'm going to say my words to him. I might rough him up a little bit, but the next day, it's like, hey, we're still part of the same tree, still part of the same family.
"It's just important we stay together, and we've done a good job of that."
Lastly, I will end this game day round up with unintended comedy from OC Register's Kuwada. Kuwada has this note on today's coaching matchup:
Jeff Tedford has done an excellent job bringing Cal to prominence, but his questionable in-game decisions have cost the Bears games in the past. Remember the last time Cal played at UCLA in 2005? The Bears went away from the run in the first half when leading 14-0 and also punted twice to Maurice Drew, who scored once and set up another TD with a big return. Edge: UCLA.
Game day thread will go up in a bit. No fear ladies and gents.
We are going to win today.
After all it's all in the wristbands.