EUGENE - What does the head coach of the second-ranked college football team do to recharge?
Watch more football.
That's what Oregon coach Mark Helfrich says will be on tap for his lone day off Saturday, when he'll be able to "watch everybody else stress", while he sits at home and watches with his family.
Also on the docket will be taking in former Oregon coach Chip Kelly's Philadelphia Eagles tonight, although only on DVR.
Recharging batteries was also the task for the Oregon Ducks during the three bye week practices, with little time being spent focusing on their next opponent: the Cal Bears and more on the development of the younger guys.
"Those guys never get that many reps during the year normally and got a ton," he said. "Hopefully that will payoff a few weeks down the road."
Helfrich's approach to the bye week is noticeably different from what Kelly had done, with the goal being to keep his player's game prep week routine in tact.
"For the players, that was part of our strategy: keep next week as much of a normal game week as possible," he said. "They are creatures of habit and they like: 'Let's do this on Monday, this on Tuesday, this on Wednesday'."
That hasn't stopped the coaches from looking at Cal, Helfrich says, as they've watched all of the game film and have begun the game planning process, with the "nuts and bolts going in on Monday".
Helfrich also lauded his offense's turnover number (zero), likening it to a no-hitter in baseball in which no one talks about it while it's intact.
"That number of turnovers is great. That's what we like. That's what we preach consistently," he said.