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After starting Texas Bowl week with a win in the Rodeo Bowl, the Syracuse football team held its first practice in Houston Tuesday morning. Our Brian Sandler has more.

HOUSTON, Tx. -- It was a chilly morning on Tuesday by Houston standards, only about 40 degrees, when Syracuse held its practice. But with a bowl win on the line, it wasn't hard for the Orange to get their blood pumping.

Syracuse is practicing at Rice University's stadium. And with the game plan already well in place for their Minnesota matchup, the team is just working on refinements this week.

"I've been in some situations and it's like two-a-days all over again, these kids. You can get work done and you can be prepared well mentally and take care of them physically by doing it the right way. To me, it's trying to balance up having a great time, but also working your butt off when you're out on the football field," said Scott Shafer, SU head coach.

"It was a great experience coming out here to Houston with the teammates, the coaches and family. We want to have fun at the same time we're here to get the job done and win the game," said Dyshawn Davis, SU junior linebacker.

Each team will practice again on Christmas day and then it's just a walkthrough and some non-football activities on Thursday before game day on Friday.

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