Hello everyone. If you thought this was the Saturday you get your chores done and pay visit to family, think again. There are so many big games on tap today (Miami at OU, Oregon at Michigan, Nebraska at Wake Forest, ND at PSU comes to mind immediately) leading up to our expected beat down of BYU, you might as well park yourself in front of the tube now, and wait for 3:30 PST roll around (unless of course you are already out setting up your spread at the Rose Bowl golf course).
Anyways in case you are logging on here are the clips I have been reading this morning.
You think we were brash all week looking forward to this game? Well just listen to our defense (emphasis mine throughout):
"Our standards are total domination," UCLA cornerback Trey Brown said. "(Stanford) made a couple plays that we felt we should have made. Our standards are high. We're never the type of defense to be satisfied, so we're not satisfied unless they've got zero points, zero rushing yards and zero passing yards."
Stanford rolled up 383 yards on UCLA (1-0), and scored 17 points. It might not sound like a dismal outing, but it is light years from the 166 yards and no points the Bruins allowed against the Cardinal last season.
In 2006, Stanford scored 33 total points in five home games, and scored more than 17 points twice in 12 games. The Cardinal eclipsed 383 yards once last season.
"We are definitely looking to raise the intensity against BYU," UCLA defensive end Bruce Davis said. "We kind of needed that (Stanford game). To have a team like that score 17 points on you is a very humbling experience, especially with the crew that we have, as far as the staff and the team.
"So we're definitely looking to crank it up a few notches and raise the bar because this is a much, much, much better football team."
As for our offense, Norvell gives us his take on what to expect from BYU's defense which apparently has built a little reputation by beating up on mediocre Pac-10 teams and inferior competition from MWC:
"They're real disciplined and don't over-pursue, so they just kind of play a sound, basic scheme and they play really hard. They have really good linebackers. They read well. They kind of teach their players to read the offense and their scheme and not do a lot of different things.''
It will be up to the Bruins to do more, if they can.
We will have the game thread up later today.