This team has been very excited and intense about their work in getting ready for the TicketCity Cactus Bowl at 9:15 p.m. Friday (CT) against the Washington Huskies of the Pac-12.
The primary coaching came through defensive coordinator Glenn Spencer and offensive coordinator Mike Yurcich. Spencer has been busy as he explains that the Washington offense with head coach Chris Petersen coming over from Boise State has brought his fondness for lots of formations and motion and a good array of trick plays.
"Our players like it and it keeps practices interesting," Petersen told me at the media day gathering Wednesday morning. "The players love to practice those plays which leads to many of them being successful."
"They use it all, four wide, empty, unbalanced, and it keeps you having to work on a lot of different looks with your defense," Spencer said of the Huskies offense.
On the offense side for the Cowboys the extra time has allowed for so many more reps for now third-time starting quarterback Mason Rudolph.
"He continues to get better and better," wide receiver David Glidden said of Rudolph. "He is better now than he was in the win over OU."
After the chilly walk through the team headed over for some game playing at The Main Event in Tempe. There will be a team dinner back at the hotel and then the players will be allowed to stay up to see in the New Year, but curfew is right after midnight as the team will have a typical day before walk through at Sun Devil Stadium on Thursday. The sun is expected to be back, but the temperatures will stay cooler. Friday night the low is expected to dip into the 30s.