This is good planning methinks:
UCLA plays Tennessee (also on EDT) on Saturday, but will fly out on Thursday afternoon.
Coach Rick Neuheisel said, "We thought we'd get back there and acclimatize ourselves." Asked whether Cal's experience influenced that decision, Neuheisel said, "not really," noting that the Bears played at noon Eastern time, whereas the Bruins play at 4 p.m. Saturday.
In addition to getting used to the new time zone, weird East Coast weather (hey I can say it since I live out here), the extra day will allow the youngsters (who haven't been on the road before) to get used to the travel routine:
Neuheisel said the early departure time was essential given the number of freshmen and redshirt freshmen on the roster. The Bruins played eight true freshmen and nine redshirt freshmen Saturday in a 33-14 victory over San Diego State.
"It’s all new to them," Neuheisel said. "How to travel, how to stay in your routine, how to stay in a hotel two nights, there has to be a lot of structure in what we do to keep guys focused between the time we get there and the time we play."
UCLA benefits from its quarter system this week. Neuheisel said they would be unable to fly on Thursday if classes had already started.
I am getting so fired up for this game I wish they could play this tomorrow night on WWL. But still have to wait almost 3 full days.