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.''
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