At first glance, California is looking a little more like Colorado than the Pac-12 power the Golden Bears were expected to be this season.
By the numbers, Cal is one of the least efficient defensive teams. Just 1-4 so far this season and 0-2 in the Pac-12, Cal is allowing 30.2 points per game, good enough for only 10th-best in the conference, and is dead last in the Pac-12 in both rushing defense and total defense.
But football isn't about the numbers, and No. 25 UCLA head coach Jim Mora insists that the Golden Bears defense is better than it looks on paper. So much better, in fact, that after Tuesday's practice Mora told the media that even his wife is worried.
"I woke up this morning at 3 a.m., and my wife, Shannon, was sitting up watching 'Huddle', we have this thing called 'Huddle' for game film," Mora said. "I'm not kidding, she was watching Cal's defense. She couldn't sleep. She said, 'God, these guys are playing hard."
The goal will be simple: Keep the Bears guessing. So ...