"I haven't thought about (Christmas) just yet," McGee said. "We've got a lot to get done in the next week."
And he wasn't talking about shopping for gifts. He was talking about the week of practice. The Hogs are treating this week as a normal game week preparation as they count down the days to playing Ohio State in the Sugar Bowl, not Christmas.
"It's going to be a grind," McGee said. "We've got a lot to get done as far as Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. We do grind. We got into some Ohio State stuff some today, but tomorrow will be like a normal Tuesday during game week during the season. Tuesdays are big days. We still have a lot to do this week. Today we wanted to get closer to installing the game plan. We'll get in more tomorrow."
"Oh, it's colder out here than inside," said Ray Dominguez, offensive tackle. "But it wasn't too bad. We don't mind a few outside right now. We know we are going to be in a dome for the game.
"DeMarcus Love and I remember how cold it was for our first bowl game in the Cotton Bowl and again last yearat the Liberty Bowl. This wasn't that bad today and New Orleans is going to be inside. We talked this summer that we wanted a good enough season so we could go some place warm for the bowl. We did that."
The Hogs scrimmaged Saturday. McGee said it was a good, physical, hard workout, typical of Bobby Petrino scrimmages. The good news was that there were no injuries.
"We didn't lose anybody," he said. "So that was good. We had some good work, some ones on ones stuff. I thought we had a good day. Our wide receivers made some plays. Tyler Wilson got some time with the ones and he had a good day. Our players have confidence in him and he has confidence in himself. I think he threw quite a few touchdowns. Jarius Wright, Joe Adams had touchdowns and there was a post over the top to Cobi Hamilton."
Elton Ford was not at practice Monday. The Hogs did not appear to have any major injuries Monday. Linebacker Braylon Mitchell didn't finish in what looked like a possible concussion. But he left the field on his own power.
McGee was asked about preparing for Ohio State.
"They are a big, well coached team," he said. "They do things different than what we see. They build different pressures than we see in the SEC. They are built to stop Big Ten teams. The pressure patterns are a little different.
"They play some man and they play some zone with man behind them with their pressures. So it will be a little different. They have big, experienced corners and that allows them to do a lot of things and the ability to play man.
"They are in the top five in a lot of defensive categories so they represent a very good challenge for our team."