FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — The Orange Bowl trophy was present at Monday's coaches press conference.
After Northern Illinois head coach Rod Carey was finished with his media session, which lasted roughly 15 minutes, he was asked to pose for pictures next to the trophy.
Carey declined, saying he wasn't going to touch the trophy until after the game, should the Huskies get a victory over Florida State Tuesday night.
Seminoles head coach Jimbo Fisher wasn't quite as superstitious, as he posed for photos. Take it for what it's worth.
Other notes from Monday's news conference:
• The Huskies have stayed at the luxurious Fontainebleau Hotel on Miami Beach all week, but Carey said his team is staying at a different hotel tonight to avoid New Year's Eve distractions. Carey did say he was impressed with how his team behaved during its stay on Miami Beach. NIU didn't have any players get into any trouble, Carey said.
"You know, you come down to South Beach with a bunch of 18 to 22-year-olds, we were all 18 to 22 at one point, can remember what that was like," Carey said. "We haven't had one single incident with bad decision making. I give them all the credit for that."
• Quarterback Jordan Lynch will be the biggest factor when it comes to NIU's success Tuesday. Fisher had some pretty high praise for him.
"Oh, it's amazing to me. How does he practice? I mean, he does so much in the game, I don't know how he's got the energy to practice all week. The guy runs the ball for 130 yards a game and runs it for 250 or whatever," Fisher said. "It's amazing what he does and the pounding and the beating. I mean, he's not an extremely big guy. He's well built, but he's not a huge guy, and to do the things he does, he's a great competitor."
• As a 13-point underdog, the Huskies will probably need to get some turnovers if they're going to pull off the upset. Carey said a couple early turnovers will be a big factor in the outcome.
"If we get one and we score off it, it would be a pretty good feeling. If we give up one and they get a score off it, that would be a pretty bad feeling," he said. "But that's normal, you know, in any game. You get those early turnovers and that's a bad thing if you're on the bad end of that."
— Steve Nitz, firstname.lastname@example.org, @SNitz_DDC on Twitter