FORT LAUDERDALE, FL-- Northern Illinois Head Coach Rod Carey and Florida State Head Coach Jimbo Fisher posed for photos and some small talk before holding their final news conference before Tuesday's Orange Bowl. The trophy they'll be playing for was also on display, a giant bowl on a wooden base filled with oranges. Fisher posed next to it, but Carey didn't, citing superstition.
Carey then told the assembled media he's proud of how his Huskies have presented themselves during the six days of practice in Florida before the game. "We haven't had one single incident with bad decision making, and I give them all the credit for that. Yeah, we helped them, but kids can always find a way if they really want to and these guys didn't."
But what are the chances of the Huskies having a little stage fright Tuesday night seeing as this is the biggest stage a Northern Illinois football team has ever played on? "No, they won't have stage fright," Carey says, "They want to get out of the tunnel! I can tell you that. Our concern is always being too exicited."
F.S.U. Coach Jimbo Fisher says he's not surprised by Northern Illinois inclusion in the Orange Bowl. He is well aware that 'BCS Busters' have a 4-1 record against schools from more established conferences in BCS Bowl games. "Everyone says they got a chip on their shoulder. No, they just play good football, and there are so many good players out there in football. There's more kids playing football than ever."
Fisher says he's a big fan of what N.I.U. quarterback Jordan Lynch can do on the field, but his Seminoles will need to stop Lynch Tuesday. "I mean he is one of the unique guys in college football. It's been actually fun to watch his film. I enjoy watching the film on the other side. I really have. I don't think you're a great player until you make the guys around you better, and he definitely does that, so to me, he categorizes himself as a great player."