What do you say to critics who don’t believe NIU should be there.
"Well, the first thing I say is that’s what makes the BCS great is all the opinions. I think it’s great because we get a solid month of people going back and forth. As far as the other part, we are just so excited to be a pat of the Orange Bowl and playing FSU and what a great opportunity for our university and our kids. And really the rest of it is so far off our radar it doesn’t matter."
Some years ago Boise State was a program that rose up and beat Oklahoma. Is that a card you expect to play in the next few weeks?
"Well, I think there are a ton of cards and that one’s in the deck. But I’ve said this over and over: Guys if we need the media, if we need something that’s happened before to draw on for inspiration for this game, we don’t have the right mindset. Because we have all the inspiration we need going down to the Orange Bowl -- first MAC team that’s ever done that -- and great for university playing Florida State New Years Day. Just that alone, there’s enough."
First take on Florida State after watching film or seeing them on TV?
"I haven’t seen any film on them yet, I’ve only seen them on TV. But they are a fine, fine football team and obviously well coached, and well-deserving to be there as well."