Regarding the debate over whether running back Daniel Lasco demonstrated too much confidence this week when he suggested the Bears would “shock the world” against No. 2 Oregon on Saturday, Lasco has a key man in his corner.
No complaints from coach Sonny Dykes.
“You want your guys to believe in themselves,” Dykes said. “What happens, I think, our players know a lot of the Oregon players. They played against them, went to school with them. Because they’re familiar with them, they seem a little bit more like themselves.”
In fact, 43 Oregon players come from California.
“They might say, `I had success against this guy in high school,’ and that gives you confidence,” Dykes said. “When you’re playing an unknown like Ohio State that’s a perennial power, your players don’t know any of those guys. In some ways, they build them up.
“Anytime you play someone you’re familiar with, there’s going to be a certain level of comfort and confidence.”