The benefits of a week without having to prepare for a Saturday game have been ample for UCLA, which practiced lightly Thursday and then relished a three-day weekend without football.
Without playing football, that is. There will be plenty watched on Saturday.
Another benefit of not having to play a game is giving some banged-up players a chance to rehabilitate. Danjuan Magee (knee), Javelin Guidry (knee), Andy Myers (wrist) and Shaun Williams (ankle) are among those who have practiced lightly all week, but who could have played had there been a game on Saturday.