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Camping World Bowl: Mutual respect on display, but Coach Babers wants the trophy

At a joint news conference with Syracuse Head Coach Dino Babers and West Virginia Head Coach Dana Holgorsen both said their teams are resting and ready to play (CNYCentral).

The Syracuse Orange and West Virginia Mountaineers are officially off-limits until kickoff of the Camping World Bowl Friday.

At a joint news conference with Syracuse Head Coach Dino Babers and West Virginia Head Coach Dana Holgorsen, both said their teams are resting and ready to play.

“Last night, I had a bunch of the captains call me and ask to make the basketball game optional,” Babers said. “They were so tired, they wanted to stay home and rest, which is always good to hear 48 hours before the game.”

Even though the teams haven’t played each other in six years, the coaches are familiar with each other. Babers and Holgorsen met at coaching clinics in the early 2000s while working as assistant coaches in Texas.

Mutual respect was on display at the news conference Thursday. Holgorsen says he knows Syracuse will be a tough opponent.

“They got my respect and my attention real quick with how they play,” he said.

“We’re going to try to win. You line up, you try to win. This blitzing thing – I thought we agreed not to blitz?” Holgorsen joked.

"I like playing for a trophy,” said Babers. “I like that there's something to win, and not everybody gets one."

Kickoff for the Camping World Bowl is at 5:15 p.m. Friday in Orlando, Florida.

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