This was from before the Peach Bowl::
OS: What would a win mean for the conference?
Aresco: “I always look at these types of games for us to be competitive. I think that’s really important. We had the Temple-Notre Dame game a couple of years ago and they played their hearts out and almost won against a team that was ranked in the top ten. And it did a lot for the conference because I think people realized that we were really good. So win or lose, you want to be competitive.
“A win would be huge because it would validate so many of the things we’ve been trying to do over the years and I think it would put us in great position for the future. I keep saying that you have to look at our record. You look at what Houston’s done the last couple of years and you look at what UCF has done in the past. Those have to count for something.”