As Fiesta Bowl home team, OU had the option of hotel and practice site. The Sooners, who in their two most recent Fiesta Bowls lodged at the Fairmont Princess Resort and practiced at Pinnacle High School, are changing up.
OU will practice at Scottsdale Community College and are staying at the Scottsdale Plaza.
â€œObviously, the last time out here, it wasn't the most positiveâ€ result, coach Bob Stoops said. â€œSo we switched most things that we were able to.â€
Connecticut has played in four bowl games the previous six years, but the Motor City, Meineke Car Care, International and Papajohns.com bowls don't compare with the Fiesta.
UConn's arrival Sunday at Sky Harbor Airport was met with a few hundred cheering Fiesta volunteers, and coach Randy Edsall conducted an immediate press conference.
â€œJust getting off the plane, this (welcome) hasn't happened before,â€ Edsall said. â€œWe haven't been to a bowl where we've gotten off and it's been this warm. You know, sometimes you pinch yourself.â€
The high temperature in Norman on Sunday was 34 degrees. But the highs Sunday in Connecticut were in the 20s, with snow and an on-coming blizzard.
â€œWe just left 25 degree weather, and we're supposed to have a nor'eastern coming in with about six to 12 inchesâ€ of snow, said Edsall. â€œBeing out here, this is great.â€
SOONERS IN GOOD SHAPE
Stoops said the Sooners arrived in Arizona in good health â€” and in good academic standings. Stoops said no one is academically ineligible and only tailback Roy Finch (stress fracture) is expected to miss the game.
UCONN EXPECTS FEW CHANGES