Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy admitted he was surprised by the Cowboys' postgame destination, tumbling all the way to the Heart of Dallas Bowl, despite finishing tied for third in the Big 12.
But because that game is on Jan. 1, the schedule sets up nicely for OSU.
Players will have the next five or six days off, while coaches will be out recruiting. The players will also get time off for Christmas before heading to Dallas for the bowl game.
“By the game being played later, it does allow us to have more practices (before Christmas),” Gundy said, “which gives us an opportunity to work some younger players and get ready for the bowl.”
CLINT CHELF'S BOWL PRACTICE GOAL? RESPOND BETTER TO PASS RUSH
With four starts now under his belt, Clint Chelf will next get a large chunk of practice time with the first-team offense while the Cowboys prepare for their bowl game.
His biggest goal is to perform better against “Cover 0” defense, a straight man-to-man look with no deep safety that allows the defense to really pressure the quarterback.
“That's something the last two weeks that (defenses have) done to us, and I haven't made the adjustments to get the guys the ball,” Chelf said. “So that's one thing I'll focus on.”
TODD MONKEN ‘FRUSTRATED' WITH COWBOYS' FINISH
Even before OSU's bowl slide was announced, offensive coordinator Todd Monken acknowledged following Saturday's loss to Baylor that the Cowboys' two-game skid to finish changed the way he viewed the entire season.
“Of course it does,” Monken said. “Whenever you lose your last couple, it never ends up the way you kind of hope.
“Am I proud of our guys for competing and fighting and believing in each other? Yes, because we overcame a lot of things. They did. I didn't. It's frustrating to have that happen the way it did kind of (Saturday), and kind of the way it ended last week (against OU).”