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FILE - In this Nov. 18, 2017, file photo, California running back Patrick Laird runs against Stanford during the first half of an NCAA college football game in Stanford, Calif. Cal now hopes that the increased focus on defense that led to 14 fewer points per game allowed and the culture change that head coach Justin Wilcox instilled in year one leads to a bowl game this season. "It's a transition to more of a winning mentality," running back Patrick Laird said. "In the past, there's been not a victim mentality, but things are tough, it's hard for us to win. Now we feel like we can win. ... Everyone collectively feels we are capable of winning and we can do it." (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, File)

FILE - In this Nov. 18, 2017, file photo, California running back Patrick Laird runs against Stanford during the first half of an NCAA college football game in Stanford, Calif. Cal now hopes that the increased focus on defense that led to 14 fewer points per game allowed and the culture change that head coach Justin Wilcox instilled in year one leads to a bowl game this season. "It's a transition to more of a winning mentality," running back Patrick Laird said. "In the past, there's been not a victim mentality, but things are tough, it's hard for us to win. Now we feel like we can win. ... Everyone collectively feels we are capable of winning and we can do it." (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, File)

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