The Norman Transcript

September 25, 2013

Bye weeks can be a blessing or a curse

By John Shinn
The Norman Transcript

NORMAN — Oklahoma was off last week, giving it an extra week to prepare for the Notre Dame game. Having the additional practice time can be a blessing or a curse.

Last season was a perfect example. OU had two weeks to prepare for its game with Kansas State and played its worst game of the regular season in a 24-19 loss the Wildcats.

On the other hand, the Sooners had two weeks to get ready for their game at Texas Tech two weeks later and rolled to a 41-20 victory. The win was the Sooners’s first in Lubbock since 2003.

So, how did OU handle the extra time to prepare for the showdown with the Fighting Irish?

“We had one of, probably, the best bye weeks that I’ve been a part of as far as practice-wise went,” OU fullback Trey Millard said. “We had a lot of good on good, just knowing that the competition is going to be good again this weekend and we would have to come out and compete.”

One thing that has helped is getting safety Gabe Lynn healed up. He might not have been able to play against Notre Dame if he hadn’t had an extra week to allow a leg injury to heal.