UCLA walked into Berkeley last year bearing a No. 25 ranking and slight edge in Vegas. It left with one of its most embarrassing efforts of the year, a sloppy 43-17 loss marked by six turnovers.
This Saturday, Cal visits the Rose Bowl as one of the worst teams in the conference, one battling numerous injuries to an already porous secondary. In normal circumstances, a potential trap game. Considering recent history, a chance at some measure of redemption.
Do the Bruins still carry a chip on their shoulders?
"Yes," left guard Xavier Su'a-Filo said.
UCLA did just about everything wrong at Memorial Stadium in 2012. Brett Hundley took five sacks and threw four interceptions, that latter number over a third of his season total. Meanwhile, they allowed the Bears' Zach Maynard -- who most recently played for the Hamburg Blue Devils -- to throw for four touchdowns on 25-of-30 passing.
"I think we just played terribly all around, for whatever reason," linebacker Anthony Barr said. "Offense, defense, special teams. Penalties, made mistakes. We have to play more disciplined this time around."