They all hurt, every loss. But Cal coach Justin Wilcox was pointed in his post-game remarks about the Bears' 35-0 loss to No. 12 Utah on Saturday night.
“This is crushing. There’s nothing worse," he said. "You want to throw up, the way you feel after games like this. And they feel (his players) the same. It’s extremely disappointing.”
Wilcox talked about how the Bears did virtually nothing well against the Utes. The offense managed just 83 total yards and six first downs. The defense allowed four touchdown drives of at least 72 yards in the first half alone and gave up 473 total yards.
The Bears (4-4, 1-4 Pac-12) now have lost four in a row since opening the season 4-0 to reach No. 15 in the AP Top-25 poll.
They have four games remaining. After a bye next week, they are at home against Washington State and USC, then on the road at Stanford and UCLA. You could make the case that at least three of those teams -- USC, Stanford and UCLA -- are playing their best football right now after starting the season slowly.
The Bears must win a minimum of two more times to be bowl eligible, but even that won't guarantee them a spot in the postseason.
Wilcox said the Bears will not shut down because they have no choice.
"We have to forge on," he said. "There is no other option."
And Wilcox expressed confidence that his players will respond the way the need to.