Shula Bowl set for national stage
Friday's game against Florida International will give Florida Atlantic a rare opportunity to showcase its program to the nation.
The Shula Bowl will be televised nationally on ESPNU and the game will garner some attention by being played on Friday night when there is only one other major college game that night.
The FAU-FIU game kicks-off at 8 p.m. and will have an exclusive window to attract college football fans until Hawaii- Air Force starts at 9:30 p.m. on ESPN2.
“Any exposure for us right now is good and hopefully we can put our best foot forward and put on a good showing,” FAU coach Carl Pelini said.
Pelini knows one group that will be watching – other college coaches, who will be stuck in their hotel rooms while on the road.
“Everybody watches it,” Pelini said. “I'll get a 100 phone calls.:”
This is FAU's first game on an ESPN network since facing Michigan State in the second week of the 2011 season.