Eden Prairie, Minn. -- For Minnesota quarterback Christian Ponder and Green Bay strong safety Morgan Burnett, the Florida State-Georgia Tech rivalry will extend beyond Saturday night's Atlantic Coast Conference championship game.
Ponder was an FSU quarterback when he first faced Burnett and the Yellow Jackets in 2008. The two will meet again during the FOX America's Game of the Week between the Vikings and host Packers (1 p.m. ET Sunday).
"He was probably their best player at the time," said Ponder, who started 34 career games for the Seminoles. "He really impressed me and stood out then. He's got good instincts. He's always around the ball."
Burnett also was effusive in his praise of Ponder.
"He has a strong arm and is capable of making all the throws," Burnett told FOXSports.com in a Thursday telephone interview. "Another thing that's big about him is he's very athletic with his feet and is able to extend plays. You have to stick with your coverage a little longer than usual."