ORLANDO, Fl. Camping World Stadium is dressed up and ready to host two bowl games in the next five days, starting with the Hokies and Cowboys Thursday.
The head coaches are ready as well. Both teams have a chance to finish with a 10th win, and for the Hokies, a victory would mark their fourth straight in a bowl game, something that hasn't happened in school history.
"It would be nice to win another on," said Justin Fuente. "We take pride and value in preparing for the bowl game. I think that's been the standard since long before I got there. You always want to keep those things going. For me it's about the player experience. One of the great things about being a head coach is getting to see your team celebrate or enjoy the fruits of their labor. For me, it's about that fulfillment."
The bowl match-up with the Pokes appears to be a classic top defense versus a high powered offense grudge match. But while the teams may look like polar opposites, they do share some of the same characteristics.
"It was really fun to catch up with those guys last night," said Mike Gundy. "But what's interesting is that there are similarities in the staff. There's a lot of similarities in the job, I think, in the environments of the two universities, in the thought process. When it's over, I heard a couple of our coaches last night talking with Justin's assistants and they said when this is over I need to get with you guys to find out why you're doing certain things and that's a smart move. You find a lot of things out that make you feel like you're not very smart because you should have already known it, so it's been good to spend time with the staff."