January 4, 2021
Photo by Marta Lavandier/Associated Press and Texarkana Gazette
Orange Bowls have been transpiring since 1935 with some vintage games like Miami vs Oklahoma, Florida State vs Nebraska, Notre Dame vs Colorado, etc. This year's match featured the Texas A&M Aggies against the North Carolina Tar Heels. Here's what the Texas A&M Aggies Head Coach Jimbo Fisher vocalized after the team's 41-27 victory on Saturday.
Question: Ainias Smith and Isaiah Spiller had remarkable performances today. Can you describe how that on-field play aided the squad in triumph?
Answer: Aren't they great? Ainias Smith did everything from receiving passes with six receptions for 125 yards, catching punts, leading us on isos, blocking opposing players, and playing fullback throughout today's game. He could've even sold popcorn at halftime if he so desired. Meanwhile, Isaiah Spiller was a workhorse today while on the field. He became a 1,000 yard back in fourteen matches this season establishing himself as one of the best tailbacks in the SEC. It's a spectacular achievement considering he is only a sophomore. A tremendous future awaits Spiller as he is an exceptional football player. Both of these guys were very instrumental to the triumph today and are the backbone for our squad with remarkable performances in each and every contest.
Question: The team narrowly missed the College Football Playoff because of their #5 ranking after the regular season concluded. Do you think this program has the capability to reach the Orange Bowl or the Cotton Bowl in the upcoming year?
Answer: A couple of weeks ago I thought we were in the College Football Playoff with our overall resumé. However, the College Football Selection Committee made a great decision by keeping us outside of the playoff picture as we were happy to participate in the Orange Bowl ultimately winning the game 41-27. Next year, this program has the capability to reach the Orange Bowl for the second straight year or the Cotton Bowl after narrowly missing the postseason this year by going back to College Station and making minor modifications to the gameplan and daily practice routines.
The video of these interviews is now available on YouTube. You can choose to view it down below.
A special thanks to Mike Liotta, Lisa Franson, and Brad Marquardt for arranging and conducting the videoconferences spectacularly. Another mention goes to ASAP Sports, who aided with closed captioning. ESPN has one more College Football game remaining on their broadcast schedule, which is the National Championship matchup next Monday at 8:00 PM Eastern/5:00 PM Pacific. Make sure to tune in on the 11th if you want to see the new champion of College Football crowned!