YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – Less than a day from kickoff, the Youngstown State University Penguins say they are ready for James Madison University.
The football team, as well as the university’s band, both had practice today.
The FCS National Championship will kick off Saturday at noon Eastern Standard Time at Toyota Stadium in Frisco, Texas.
Both teams spoke to the media about their preparations on Friday.
James Madison University Football Coach Mike Houston said the team worked hard to get to the championships, defeating North Dakota State University. He called YSU’s team talented and expected a challenging game.
Players said they expected a big turnout of James Madison University fans to be a benefit to them.
“I do think it will be a majority of JMU fans on Saturday. I do think our players feed on that electricity,” Houston said.
YSU Coach Bo Pelini said the area has been very welcoming of the team.
Pelini said he expects to continue playing as they have been throughout the year. The team has made some subtle offensive changes after the North Dakota State game, which he said has been helpful.
“We stay very consistent, as you guys know, in our approach… we take a little more of a businesslike approach to it,” he said.
Pelini said he doesn’t expect the cold weather to be too much of an issue for the team.
Be sure to watch “YSU Drive for 5,” airing Friday at 7 p.m. on WKBN 27 and live on WKBN.com.