Thus far in 2013, while all eyes are mainly on two teams in the entire Pac-12–Oregon and Stanford from the north, QB Brett Hundley, head coach Jim Mora and the rest of the UCLA Bruins are slowly making people realize that the conference may not be as entirely entrenched in the death grip of the north as it may seem.
The Bruins are 4-0 and are set to play the two aforementioned teams back-to-back beginning in two weeks, playing both of them on the road. Undoubtedly, both of those are statement games to let everyone definitively know where the fit in the upper echelon of the conference.
But, the Bruins also realize that their game this week might be just as important as those two upcoming ones, and are not overlooking their opponent this week, the Cal Golden Bears.
Yes, Cal is just 1-4 and just doesn’t seem to be clicking on any cylinders so far this year, much less even a few of them. This fact, though, is not stopping UCLA from keeping their entire focus on the matchup and for one reason–this is the same Cal team that embarrassed them, 43-17, last season.
UCLA was 4-1 when they went to Berkeley last season and they walked out scratching their heads wondering what had happened, and they no doubt want to make sure that there is not a repeat performance.
Junior linebacker Anthony Barr made it a point to express to the LA Times that he and his squad will not take this Saturday lightly by any means:
“Any time someone beats you, you kind of want to play them a little tougher,” senior linebacker Anthony Barr said.
UCLA currently is a 25 1/2 point favorite going into the game, which generally sets the stage for exactly what the Bruins are trying to avoid.