Mike Gundy: Bye week won't kill OSU momentum

By Mike Baldwin Modified: September 15, 2008 at 2:55 pm •  Published: September 15, 2008
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Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy said he’s not concerned a bye week will halt momentum from a 3-0 start.

“I would like to think we can get it going and keep moving next week,” Gundy said Monday during the weekly Big 12 teleconference. “We’ll have a very quality opponent (Troy) coming in here. I don’t think it will be an issue to get our guys to practice well and be ready to play in a couple of weeks.”

Gundy laid out the game plan for the off week before players are given the weekend off.

“We’re going to have four good practices, lift heavy twice this week and catch up on school and do things that are important in the every-day life of a college student involved in football,” Gundy said. “It gives guys a chance to catch their breath a little bit. They’ve been in a pretty good grind for six weeks.”

Every Big 12 team plays four games and has a bye the first five weeks of the season. Does it matter when the bye week falls?

“We would like to have an off week after the first three or four games,” Gundy said. “We’ve been at it for six or seven weeks with pre-season practice. After playing a few games an off week allows you to catch your breath, find out where you’re at as a team and isolate on things that are important for the next six- to eight-week run before you have another open date.

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