"It really doesn't matter where we go," senior linebacker DeMeco Ryans said. "A lot of people are speculating on the Cotton Bowl or the Outback Bowl, but it doesn't matter to me as long as we're competing to get that 10th win."
Brodie Croyle has received a lot of criticism over the last few weeks, but he made it clear what the team's focus is on.
"I don't care [about where we go] one bit," Croyle said. "We're going to play in a bowl game, and we're going to win. It doesn't matter who we're playing or where we're playing – we're playing for a 10-win season."
Croyle's top target, DJ Hall, said going back home to Florida would be nice, but like his quarterback, he is focused on winning.
"I wouldn't mind being in Florida playing the bowl, but wherever we go, I'm just looking to win it," Hall said. [The bowl selection] is out of our hands. We're just going out to win, so that's what we're looking forward to doing."
With temperatures expected to be low in Dallas, a few of the players said they would prefer to play their bowl in Tampa.
"Outback would be great. It‚s warmer," Anthony Madison said with a laugh. "We might all just take a stroll along the beach."
Said Ryans, "Everybody wants to get out in the warm weather. It was pretty cold last year at the Music City Bowl, and all of us Alabama guys don't like that."
Freshman standout Bobby Greenwood said a bid to the Outback bowl would be a homecoming of sorts.
"It would be nice to go over to Dallas, but I‚m from St. Petersburg, Florida, so the Outback would be close to home," Greenwood said. "Warmer practices would be nice, and I'm comfortable down there since I grew up around there."
The always colorful Roman Harper is prepared for whatever Mother Nature throws his way.
"Me personally, it affects how my dressing style is going to be," Harper said. "I'm already looking ahead to my whole outfit. I've got some things checked out for the cold weather in Dallas. It all depends on if Nike sends us some new gloves. We're always looking ahead."
Harper did take some time to talk about a possible Cotton Bowl matchup with Texas Tech.
"If that happens, I'm excited because we get to play a big-time passing team," Harper said. "They are number one in the country at that, and it would give us a lot of opportunities to make plays. They do all kinds of stuff, so it would be a great challenge for us, and a great time to get out there and have some fun."
"15 to 20 minutes tops on I-75 from Dallas to Plano," Peprah said.