Bye week a different kind of preparation

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Football coaches can get nervous when their game-week routines are altered.

That’s why a six-day workweek (such as prior to the trip to Connecticut) throws a wrench into game planning. All of sudden, Sunday becomes Monday, Monday becomes Tuesday on so on.

The preparation for tomorrow’s football game between Texas and Iowa State is also out of the ordinary, but that is because of a bye week. The Cyclones have not been in game conditions since the Friday night win at UConn. Texas was also idle last week.

So, how did prep go?

“We took advantage of the open week,” Paul Rhoads told the news media Monday. “We got exactly what we wanted out of it … rest, rehab and recruiting.”

The extra time also provided an opportunity for reflection.

“(Our staff) was able to learn from what has been accomplished so far this year and see a clear picture of what we need to do better moving forward,” Rhoads said.

Rhoads did not seem too concerned about his club’s prep work this week

“The neat thing about our team is they realize this is the most-important game on the schedule because it’s the next game,” Rhoads said.

Rhoads believes his team will be ready to play Saturday night and a sold out Jack Trice Stadium will be there to greet them.

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