An argument can most certainly be made that this bye week is not coming at the best of times for the Longhorns considering the momentum it created after an impressive 24-17 victory over previously unbeated Oklahoma.
However, the reasons as to why this bye week is coming at a perfect time far outweigh the reasons it's not the greatest time for UT to not be playing this week.
One of the main ones is the fact that Texas will have a full two weeks to allow starting right tackle Kent Perkins and starting receiver/return man Daje Johnson to return to the lineup. Neither played against the Sooners.
Perkins hasn't played since he went down with a knee injury late in the third quarter against Oklahoma State. Johnson hasn't played since he got his bell rung on Texas' first series agaisnt TCU. Johnson did dress out in full uniform and warm up with the team but when the team came out of the tunnel to start the game he was dressed in shorts and his jersey. Perkins never dressed out although he did make the trip to Dallas after not making the trip to TCU.
The Longhorns can also give Hassan Ridgeway (shoulder) and Poona Ford time to rest after both of them got banged up after tremendous outings, both individually and collectively as a defensive front, against the Sooners.
While Kansas State will looks to hand OU its second straight loss this week, in what will surely be another physically demanding game following an emotionally draining loss to TCU, the Longhorns can go back to the drawing board with an opportunity to really build off a fairly successful offensive gameplan against the Sooners.
Texas did a lot of things right against Bob Stoops' program, mostly on the ground as it rushed for 313 yards with sprint draws, quick-flips to receivers in motion, and getting Jerrod Heard out on the edge a lot more. But there is so much more that this offense can add, and this off week should allow them theperfect opportunity to do so.
UT had several misdirections that they set up but didn't actually pull the trigger on - anyone see Marcus Johnson come in reverse after the snap and fake receiving a pitch from Jerrod Heard? Look for the Longhorns to build those into the gameplan moving forward.
Texas needs to figure out a way to get D'Onta Foreman more involved while also utilizing Johnathan Gray enough.
And let's not kid ourselves here, Texas struggled to throw the ball (9-of-12 for 55 yards). It'll have to be better through the air against KSU, which will have a gameplan in place to stop UT on the ground.
So this bye week is coming at the perfect time for the Longhorns, who also deserve to feel good about themselves for the first time in a very long time after a big victory, a signture victory for Charlie Strong.