It's a question that UCLA head coach Jim Mora has been asked hundreds of times now: Does having a bye during the second week of the season harm the Bruins?
Mora, for what probably seemed like the millionth time, said no.
"Having a week between Nebraska and Nevada allowed our football team to focus solely on Nevada," Mora said. "Even though it's a little unorthodox to have a bye after your first game, I think its going to benefit us."
It's a week to work on fundamentals and the inefficiencies exposed during the 58-20 route of Nevada in last Saturday's season opener. During game weeks, practices and meetings are filled with game plans, schemes, new plays and opponent plays to study, often times to the detriment of fundamentals.
"When you get a week like this, you get a chance to really go back and improve on things that are really independent of the opponent," Mora said.
All things considered, it's kind of a quiet week around Westwood. The team will have Friday-Sunday off while t...