"I'm just thrilled for the opportunity to be in a New Year's Six bowl," Mullen said Monday.
That bowl pits his 9-3 Gators against 10-2 Michigan, whom Mullen praised during a teleconference. He hasn't been able to break down a lot of film yet but said the Wolverines' defense is "very aggressive and attacking" and rushes from many different angles.
That's quite a different matchup than the one the Knights would have presented. UCF has the nation's No. 6 scoring offense and is tied with Ole Miss for the sixth-most explosive plays in the country.
Not that Mullen was interested in talking about them.
"I don't care who we're playing. I didn't really care…" Mullen said. "If they rolled out anybody, we would go ready to play. I don't care who it was; they could roll out Notre Dame, Clemson, Oklahoma, Alabama; we're going to show up ready to go play."
Also Monday, Mullen said he doesn't expect any NFL-bound players to skip the bowl game. That includes defensive back Chauncey Gardner-Johnson, who has already declared his intention to enter the draft.