As UCLA eases into the bye, the Bruins aren't focusing on Southern Cal... yet.
"We’re just focusing on us right now," senior corner Anthony Jefferson said.
As the OC Register points out, the last time UCLA had a bye, they came out and gave ASU a drubbing, even if they were down a starting QB.
UCLA players were asked if they'd rather keep up their momentum and play this Saturday or have bye before USC. All of them chose the bye.— Ryan Kartje (@Ryan_Kartje) November 10, 2014
The bye is coming at a good time - everyone gets an extra week to heal, and extra time to prepare for the Trograns. Brett Hundley is beginning is film study today.
Focus not on USC during UCLA's bye, players said. Like last bye, all about self-improvement. But Hundley admitted he'll watch SC film today— Ryan Kartje (@Ryan_Kartje) November 10, 2014
Of course, the LA Times couldn't resist writing up about the rivalry game that won't happen for two weeks, asking Myles Jack what he now understands about the rivalry:
"We had meetings and the whole week was geared toward SC," Jack said. "But I really didn’t get it until the pre-game when everyone was about to fight and stuff. I went, ‘All right, this is kind of serious.’ I saw guys who never get mad, get mad. I understood it then."
If you need to worry about your schedules for the 22nd, here are the possible game times:
In this week's UCLA Football honors:
- Ka'imi Fairbairn was named the Pac-12 Special Teams player of the week. Fairbairn kicked three field goals and made all his PATs over the weekend at Washington.
- Brett Hundley has been named a finalist for the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm award. The award is presented annually to the top college QB in the country. Hundley is up against Cody Kessler from Southern Cal, Marcus Mariota of Oregon, Bryce Petty of Baylor and Dak Prescott of Mississippi St. Cade McNown won this award in 1998.
- Myles Jack got more notice and was named to the Paul Hornug Award Honor Roll after his performance this week. You can vote for Jack for the Hornug award - please go here and vote once every 24 hours.