After losing their first two Pac-10 games of the season, Cal's players set a goal of going 7-0 the rest of the way. Considering they lost those games by a combined score of 72-6, simply going 1-0 seemed a more manageable target. Apparently, the Bears could see something everyone outside their locker room could not. No, they can't go 7-0. But with a win at Washington on Saturday, they'd come pretty close.
Cal can go 6-1 to close out the regular season with a win over the Huskies. That could leave the Bears (8-3, 5-3) as high as tied for second place in the Pac-10 standings and put them in position for a 10-win season. "After those first two losses, this team really did some soul-searching," Cal fullback Brian Holley said. "Previous teams may have folded and took a different direction. We came together and tried to make the best season possible. No one in this locker room stopped believing in us. We knew what kind of team we were. We knew what potential we had. It was just a matter of putting it together."
Cal had a bye week immediately after the losses to Oregon and USC, then won three in a row, albeit against some inferior competition.