Ohio State is headed west.
After missing out on a chance to defend their College Football Playoff title, the Buckeyes were chosen for the Fiesta Bowl, where they will face Notre Dame. It is the 47th bowl game in program history and the seventh time that Ohio State will play in the Fiesta Bowl.
Head coach Urban Meyer said that the team no longer feels regret over the loss to Michigan State that cost them a shot at the playoff.
“I think that’s gone," he said. "I think that found its way out the week of rivalry week and then the way they played that week, pretty sure it’s gone. Now it’s let’s go play our tails off one more time. They’re a great football team and let’s finish this thing the right way.”
Ohio State was No. 7 in the final College Football Playoff rankings, dropping behind Stanford, who won the Pac-12 Championship Game. Notre Dame finished eighth in those rankings.
The Buckeyes last went to the Fiesta Bowl following the 2008 season, dropping a 24-21 decision to Texas in the 2009 Fiesta Bowl. This will also mark the 10-year anniversary of Ohio State’s 34-20 win against Notre Dame in the 2006 Fiesta Bowl.
Meyer was the wide receivers coach at Notre Dame from 1996-2000 and said Sunday that the university is still special to him.
“There were two places that were near and dear to by heart my entire life and that was Ohio State and Notre Dame," he said. "I spent five years there, my son was born there, baptized there and I loved it. So very near and dear to our hearts in a lot of respects that great place.”
The Irish enter the matchup with Ohio State 10-2 with their losses coming by a combined four points to No. 1 Clemson and No. 6 Stanford.
Notre Dame is led by quarterback DeShone Kizer, who is from Toledo and never received an Ohio State offer. The sophomore completed 63.4 percent of his passes this season for 2,600 yards with 19 touchdowns and nine interceptions.
"Big arm, big dude, big guy," Meyer said of Kizer.
One the ground the Irish are paced by C.J. Prosise who has 1,032 yards rushing.
Dec. 31 Games
Peach Bowl: No. 9 Florida State vs. No. 18 Houston
Orange Bowl (semifinal): No. 1 Clemson vs. No. 4 Oklahoma
Cotton Bowl (semifinal): No. 2 Alabama vs. No. 3 Michigan State
Jan. 1 Games
Fiesta Bowl: No. 7 Ohio State vs. No. 8 Notre Dame
Rose Bowl: No. 5 Iowa vs. No. 6 Stanford
Sugar Bowl: No. 12 Ole Miss vs. No. 16 Oklahoma State