UCLA football: Bruins picked 8th; yes, Neuheisel optimistic
A year ago, UCLA Coach Rick Neuheisel said a successful season would end with a bowl game. Mission accomplished ... barely.
This season, Neuheisel has left himself some wiggle room.
Success in 2010 will be “us being better than we were last year. I’d say I want the momentum to keep going," he said. "We were 4-8 in Year 1, and that was certainly not what I expected. Last year, we had a miserable October. We were in all the games but couldn’t get it done. We found a way to right it and go to a bowl game.”
UCLA was picked to finish eighth in the Pac-10 by conference coaches.
Getting the necessary six victories to be bowl-eligible will be a challenge for the Bruins. UCLA plays at Kansas State and at Texas, as well as having a home game against Houston.
But, Neuheisel said, “we made strides the last couple years, and that gives us the right to talk about being a good football team.”