The UCLA Bruins won't have another game until Oct. 27 after their win over the Utah Utes on Saturday. Head coach Jim Mora welcomes the opportunity for his team to rest and work on things that aren't necessarily game-specific. After playing games on seven consecutive Saturdays, a restful weekend is welcome.
Mora discussed how the Bruins will use the bye week in a conference call with reporters on Saturday, according to insidesocal.com:
"A lot of things. Heal up a little bit. Recover. It allows our young guys to get good, quality of work during practice. Allows us extra time to prepare for Arizona State. Gives our players a chance to focus on school two weeks into the fall quarter. Now's a good time for us."
The Bruins sit at 5-2 overall and 2-2 in Pac-12 play. UCLA's next game comes against the Arizona State Sun Devils in Tempe. The Sun Devils are currently 5-1 and will face the Oregon Ducks on Thursday. The Bruins defeated ASU last year in the Rose Bowl, 29-28. Arizona State won the last meeting between these two teams in Sun Devil Stadium, taking a 55-34 victory in 2010.