I'm in the press box at the Rose Bowl, one of the nicest press box views in a conference that is full of them. However, it's not in its full glory as the clouds are still hanging low, hiding the tops of the surrounding mountains.
In fact, I arrived to see a tarp covering the field. It's off now, although it still looks like some rain could call.
On the way up to the press box, the elevator operator mentioned that for some reason, UCLA seems to have its worst weather when the Washington and Oregon schools play here.
Still, bottom line, it's a special place. So, naturally I asked a few of the Huskies about that this week:
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JAKE LOCKER: I think it's going to be pretty cool. I've personally never had the chance to go down and be in that stadium, so it will be a first time for me. I've heard from a lot of people that it's a pretty neat experince and to be able to play on natural turf at night again will be kind of fun. ... (My family) always watched (the Rose Bowl Game). All the bowl games were always something we had on. We always made sure we watched that one. When I was growing up, I guess I didn't really understand about who got to play in it each year. Every year I watched they always said that this was the Granddaddy of them all' so I always thought that this was the biggest game. We always watched that game."
JORDAN REFFETT: "It's like sacred ground down there. I've watched do many Rose Bowls over the years it's a great feeling to go down there and get a chance to play."
ROY LEWIS: "The Rose Bowl is always a great place to play. We go down there early in the season, and hopefully at the end of the season we'll make a second trip down there. The Rose Bowl is historic, there's no place like it. And this is the real game time now. This is when it really counts."
Gametime: The Washington captains were Anthony Russo, Jordan Reffett, Dan Howell and Louis Rankin.