After sitting through two byes in the past four weeks, No. 12 UCLA is eager to get a little rhythm going in an otherwise harmonious season.
The Bruins (3-0) realize it could be tough to get back into a groove with their Pac-12 opener against Utah (3-1, 0-1) at Rice-Eccles Stadium on Thursday night.
UCLA coach Jim Mora isn't complaining about extra time off for his Bruins, who racked up a school-record 692 yards against New Mexico State before getting the past week off. But Mora realizes the Utes present an exponentially bigger challenge when UCLA visits a consistent contender in its high-altitude home.
''I feel like they understand the ramifications of the conference opener,'' Mora said of his players. ''Having a bye last week has helped us this week because school has started. I think we're in a good spot, but we've got to go up there and compete.''
The Utes are on the verge of an outstanding start to the season, and they're healthier after their own bye week following a gritty...