Chick-fil-A Bowl notebook

With three games in seven days -- Falcons games this past Monday and again Sunday sandwiching Friday's Chick-fil-A Bowl -- work in the Georgia Dome has scarcely ceased this week. Soon after the Monday night game ended, workers began scrubbing Falcons markings on the field and putting away other Falcons signage such as the team's ring-of-honor banners.

They started painting Chick-fil-A Bowl logos on the field soon after and cleaned out locker rooms overnight before teams arrived for practice Tuesday. Trash was picked up and the building has been pressure-washed, top to bottom. Some dome workers arrived at 4 p.m. Monday and didn't go home until 7 a.m. Tuesday.

After the bowl game ends late Friday night, event-services manager Ken Jefferson and his crew will have to do it all again to get the building ready for the Falcons game Sunday against Carolina. Jefferson said he plans to arrive to work at 5:30 a.m. Friday and stay until about 2 a.m., then return for a 10-hour day Saturday and a 12-hour day Sunday.

Said Jefferson, "I'll rest in May."

Finale for Hudson

The highest player taken in the 2011 NFL draft from among the Chick-fil-A Bowl players figures to be Florida State guard Rodney Hudson, and with good reason.

Hudson will start his 48th and final game Friday night. He was a four-time All-ACC pick, was the ACC's top lineman for the past two seasons and was an Outland Trophy finalist this season as the nation's most outstanding interior lineman.

Offensive line coach Rick Trickett said that a couple of NFL scouts told him that Hudson graded as the most productive lineman in the country.

"If they don't draft this guy, they're nuts," Trickett said.

Information, please

South Carolina coaches crossed conference lines to get intelligence on FSU. Shane Beamer, a Gamecocks defensive assistant and special-teams coordinator, got help from his father, Virginia Tech coach Frank Beamer, while assistant head coach Ellis Johnson spoke with a close friend on the Clemson coaching staff. The Seminoles played both teams. Johnson acknowledged that some coaches hesitate to share information about conference teams with coaches outside their league. Not many coaches, of course, are hesitant about accepting it.

Said Shane Beamer, "Blood is thicker than water."

Drink up

FSU coach Jimbo Fisher has been telling players to make sure they're properly hydrated for the game.

"You put 80,000 people in here, it'll get steamy, it'll get humid and that's something you don't think about this time of year because kids haven't been in those conditions [lately]," he said.

The team also did extra conditioning work before coming to Atlanta.

Dye, Woodson honored

Bowl officials will induct two past participants into their Hall of Fame, former Auburn coach Pat Dye and former Purdue defensive back Rod Woodson. Dye coached the Tigers to a 27-23 win over Indiana in 1990, the first of four visits by Auburn. Woodson, an member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame, made 19 tackles in Purdue's 27-24 loss to Virginia in 1984. Dye will be inducted before the game. Woodson cannot make it because of responsibilities with NFL Network.

In demand

On ticket re-sale website stubhub.com, Chick-fil-A Bowl tickets had the fifth highest total gross sales -- behind the BCS title game, Cotton Bowl, Rose Bowl and Sugar Bowl -- as of Wednesday. The average re-sale price was $113. Face value of tickets is $80 and $100.