The Orange Bowl between Michigan and Georgia is off and running with Jim Harbaugh delivering an emotional interview right before kickoff.

Per the ESPN broadcast, it was Harbaugh’s first-ever pre-kickoff interview just moments before the first whistle. As expected, Harbaugh was chomping at the bit for the action, and that fire spilled over into his comments.

“They believe in each other,” said Harbaugh when asked bout his squad. “Their resolve is strong, it’s hard. This is the next step. Go let it rip! Time to go!”

Now, it’s up to the Wolverines to put that kind of passion and fire on display on the field. The winner of the Orange Bowl will advance to a National Championship Game matchup with top-seed Alabama.