NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. (AP) — When you cram an entire college football team and dozens of television cameras into a cramped hotel ballroom, don't be surprised if a dance-off breaks out.
That impromptu Auburn dance semicircle on Saturday morning was just one entertaining aspect of a lively media day before the BCS championship game. The Tigers and Florida State both took turns discussing every aspect of the big game and the season leading up to it, with innumerable detours along the way.
"It's a great experience to be out here and to do everything they set us up to do," Auburn quarterback Nick Marshall said. "But I've just come out here for one thing only, and that's to get a win."
Marshall wasn't given one of the four podiums assigned to each team's best players at media day, instead sitting at a table with reporters crammed up against each other to hear his insights. Auburn running back Chandler Shakespeare took media day to another level, grabbing a water bottle and running around the room interviewing his own teammates to the amusement of the real reporters.
While most players seemed pleased with the media day attention, there's an undeniable anxiety to get to Monday's game at the Rose Bowl after several days of preparation and amusements — everything from a trip to Disneyland and a comedy club to massive prime-rib dinners. Both teams arrived on New Year's Eve, and they've spent the last few days practicing for the big finale.
"It's actually my first time coming to California, so I'm definitely excited to play out here in this great weather," Florida State receiver Rashad Greene said. "And what better people to play with?"
CON QUESO: Auburn center Reese Dismukes' favorite part of the BCS championship game experience hasn't been the pomp or the circumstance. It's the quiet Mexican dinner he had with several other offensive linemen.
"The Mexican food is way better out here," Dismukes said. "I guess it should be. I didn't get any cheese dip, though. I like that in Alabama. Us fat guys like cheese dip."
Like most players on both teams, the third-team All-American center is trying to enjoy the experience without losing focus on the Tigers' goal.
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