(Missouri Football App) - It may only be three weeks into the season, but Missouri football coach Gary Pinkel said a break is welcome.
"I want to get a little rest for our players," Pinkel said. "The pressures of preparing and playing in front of 70,000 people and being on national TV, it's nice for them to get away even though we've only played two games."
Pinkel also said it is about focusing on priorities other than football.
"It's about getting a jump on academics too," Pinkel said. "They [the players] don't like when I say that but that's what they have to do."
The bye week also presents an opportunity to change the preparation routine for the next game.
"Our whole staff is game planning right now," Pinkel said. "We're going to have 80 percent of our game plan done almost two weeks before the Indiana game. We will then do walk throughs with our coordinators while others go out and recruit. We work on getting ahead so we can use this for preparation for an important Big Ten game we have. We will probably double our practices; we'll get a practice in on Saturday morning and on Sunday."
Pinkel summed up the bye week this way.
"There's a little bit of everything in it."