Both head coaches had shifted gears to game mode when they met with the media at the Cramton Bowl on Friday afternoon.
Appalachian State head coach Scott Satterfield and Toledo head coach Jason Candle have turned the page on bowl week festivities and are locked in for Saturday’s game which features a pair of 9-win teams.
“We are into game week now.” Candle said. “We will get to the eleventh hour and see what that looks like. We are trying to wind down and make sure we are fine-tuned for the game and hope to go out and play a really good game tomorrow afternoon and represent Toledo one more time with these seniors.”
Satterfield echoed the same sentiments.
“At this point, we are excited about the game,” he said. ”We are in game mode for us on a Friday. We will have our team dinner. We will do everything together. We will do some meetings this evening and get a good night’s sleep tonight. We will have a few more meetings tomorrow and have our team meal before we head over to the stadium and get ready to play.”
Candle also said it was about playing to a certain standard.
“The senior class as set the standard for what this program should look like, what a game should look like when the University of Toledo steps on the field,” he said. “We will play to a certain standard and if it lives up that hype then so be it. Our guys understand what they are required to do and what a Toledo football game should look like.”
Satterfield said the two sides that don’t get a lot of attention is the ASU offense and Toledo defense. He thinks those units will play a key role on Saturday.
“Two sides that don’t get a lot of talk in this game, is our offense versus their defense,” he said. “I think that will be a great matchup as well. We are going to try and run the football and I am sure they will load the box and stop it. It will be a very good game, a very competitive game. It could obviously come down to turnovers, a lot of times that is what happens.”
The third annual Camellia Bowl is kickoff on Saturday at 4:35 p.m. (CT). The game will be televised by ESPN.