There has been much written about how Bobby Bowden's Florida State team does not deserve to be in the Sugar Bowl because of their 9-4 record. Some would say that Georgia deserves better; perhaps Southern Cal.
But Bowden likes the Sugar Bowl match up and said Tuesday morning in the final Sugar Bowl press conference that a win over Georgia would "return Florida State to where (they) have been."
Georgia (12-1) is making its first trip back to the Sugar since it last won the SEC 20 years ago. Bowden added that his team was only a few plays away from being 11-2.
Bowden happy Spurrier not in town
Even though Steve Spurrier is now coaching for the Washington Redskins, Bowden, who had a fair amount of success against former Florida head coach, said that he is glad that Mark Richt is the opposing coach instead of Spurrier.
"At least Spurrier is not here," Bowden said. He added, "I like it; Mark is one of our own."
Richt wondered if Dawgs were tired of going to Sugar in early 1980s
Mark Richt ran into an unnamed old friend at the press conference. The unnamed man said that he graduated from Georgia in 1982, when Georgia went to its last Sugar Bowl. When Richt was told that by the acquaintance he replied, "I bet y'all got tired of going to the Sugar Bowl," and then reconsidered, "well maybe not."
Bowden said that the best case scenario for the Seminoles this New Year's night is for starting quarterback Fabian Walker to play the whole game. Bowden has been considered playing wide receiver Anquan Boldin. "The best thing that could happen for us if for Fabian to play the whole game," said Bowden.