SCOTTSDALE (AZ) — "You’re beyond fired up to be a part of a game like this," Falcons head coach Troy Calhoun said.
Welcome to the 2019 Cheez-It Bowl Media Day event at the Camelback Inn in Scottsdale.
"I get the Sasquatch question a lot, I get candy corn, which I hate candy corn," Cougars head coach Mike Leach said.
To no surprise, there were a lot of questions about Cheez-It snacks and even some which were football related too.
"I could use more they’re great," Falcons senior defensive back Jeremy Fejedelem said.
"I’m tapped out on Cheez-It," Cougars senior wide receiver Brandon Arconado said. "We’ve had all kinds of variations and I love them but I’m tapped out."
No. 24 Air Force and Washington State bring in two of the most prolific offenses by land and air in their first meeting all-time Friday night at Chase Field (8:15 p.m.).
"Pretty cool how offenses come together in a bowl game like this," Cougars senior quarterback Anthony Gordon said. "That’s what makes bowl games so great, random teams coming together."
The matchup also bringing together two coaches who couldn’t be more apart on the microphone in the usually tight-lipped Troy Calhoun and sound bite machine Mike Leach. However, both were in top form when meeting the media Thursday afternoon.
"I want to go out there at shortstop and work on my range," Calhoun joked. "Make sure the base runners are out there. I want to know the score and want to know the situation."
"Everyone says that doesn’t make sense, we’re the only ones," Leach said regarding a question about UFOs. "You've only been on one planet so how the hell do you know."
Joking aside, it’s one final showdown in the desert for two teams looking to end on high, especially a Falcons team eyeing their first 11-win season since 1998.
"We want to go 11-2, be one of the best teams in Air Force history and to be a part of that is pretty cool," Falcons senior wide receiver Geraud Sanders said. "So wouldn’t trade that for anything."