The FAU football team is staying in Wisconsin following Saturday's game. The last came on a spinning-through-tacklers 11-yard run with 3:06 left to punctuate a dominant fourth-quarter effort by the Cardinals (2-0, 1-0 Atlantic Coast Conference).
The Badgers (2-0) play their first round game of the season this coming Saturday against BYU.
But clearly there were other things on the minds of Owls players, not that Kiffin said that had a bearing on the outcome of the game.
"The health and safety of the student-athletes is always our first priority and our discussions with FAU centered around just that", Wisconsin Director of Athletics Barry Alvarez said. Defensive end Leighton McCarthy snared a 15-yard interception in the second quarter that set up FAU's second touchdown of the day, and the Owls' first score came on a 63-yard pass. Kiffin's offense thus far doesn't have the personnel or the consistency to beat a team like Wisconsin, though it proved Saturday it has more than enough weapons to hang in. I think that's just something that we've got to work on and know that once we get put in really tight games that's not something where we can be lackadaisical at the beginning and then automatically kick it in in the second half.
"On the goal line, a lot of blitzes and a lot of pressures coming". He led FIU in tackles, and the Panthers held off Alcorn State 17-10. They may have a new high-profile coach in Lane Kiffin, but the talent level doesn't match the team that they'll have to face on the road at Camp Randall Stadium. "We just had to lock down for three hours". He doesn't know when his mother is going home - and for that matter, he doesn't know when he's going home.
For some FAU players, the game can be a distraction from the reality of the storm, a refuge away from the barreling wind and rain. "The kids were excellent at compartmentalizing".
The Miami Dolphins and Tampa Bay Buccaneers won't play Sunday; the Dolphins are already in California to get ready for a September 17 game with the Los Angeles Chargers. The Badgers have hit the over in four of their last five at home. The Florida Panthers have a contingent of players and staff riding out the storm in Boston.
This will be first ever game between the two schools.
It has been nearly seven years since the Owls have seen either a bowl game or a conference championship game.
Players from the Red Sox, Rays, Panthers and Boston Bruins will help run a collection for Irma relief at Fenway Park before and during the Red Sox-Rays game on Sunday.
"We're no where near where we need to be so you had a good game today, but from this point forward, everybody knows about you", James said. "We should be a lot sharper than we were".