I'm an old guy. The count down to kick off is about the closest thing I have, to what I can only compare to Christmas Eve, when I was a kid.
One of my traditions was always calling my Dad before kick off. He was an alum, and avid fan. He attended the Snow Bowl with my GrandPa. They traveled by train from Detroit, if you can imagine!
I always called him on opening game day, and rambled about how great the season was going to go. He then brought a more subdued perspective, which was usually correct.
Since my Dad passed, I always make it a point to connect with one of my best friends and room mates before kick off.
I'd be interested in reading about your traditions.
As for dreams: I think the spread is off. Bookies have Michigan with no QB improvement, while Wilton starts for UCLA. I think Shea is for real and has flourished under JH, just like the rest of the QBs. I think defense wins championships and ours will account for some points on Saturday.
I think we may see a blow out. Go Blue! And enjoy the game with friends and family. That's what it's all about!