Sunday, December 17, 2017
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Work begins anew for BCS title game right after Orange Bowl

MIAMI — In between the Orange Bowl and the BCS national championship game, there's a daunting task that awaits the people who actually host those two contests.

That is, a massive redecoration of several venues — with just a few hours to pull it off in some cases.

Florida State and Northern Illinois are scheduled to head home from the Orange Bowl this morning, not long before Notre Dame and Alabama arrive to begin final preparations for Monday's BCS title tilt.

And by the time the Fighting Irish and the Crimson Tide land, much of what promoted the Orange Bowl will be gone.

Sections of the turf at Sun Life Stadium were to be removed immediately after the Orange Bowl for new sod — much of which will either have Notre Dame, Alabama or BCS logos painted on it in the coming days.

The quickest work will likely come at the team hotels. Notre Dame and Alabama — not to mention large portions of each team's fan base — will check into the same hotels that the Seminoles and Huskies check out of earlier in the day.

CAREY'S DEBUT: FSU coach Jimbo Fisher was asked in recent days about how he thinks Northern Illinois' Rod Carey handled the transition from assistant to head coach over the past couple of weeks. Fisher says it really hasn't happened: "I think it's going to be tougher next year than it is right now."

Carey took over for Dave Doeren, who accepted the job at North Carolina State and watched Tuesday's game from the stands.

"Next year I think will be even more of a transition because they have to reinvent those roles and tell everybody what they're doing and it's a different group," Fisher said. "But it is a lot to put on him. I think he's done a great job in meeting him the few times I have I've been very impressed. … I really enjoy being around him."

Carey has shown quite a sense of humor about his new role, particularly the added media responsibilities.

"I'm more comfortable with a whistle around my neck and coaching than I am with a (microphone) in front of me in a suit, I can tell you that," Carey said. "My wife likes it when I dress up in a suit. I hate it."

UNIQUE DISTINCTION: Huskies QB Jordan Lynch became the first in Division I-A to pass for 3,000 yards and rush for 1,500 more in a season. He entered Tuesday with 1,771 yards rushing, the most by any quarterback in any college season.

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