Ohio State leaves for Arizona Dec. 27 for its Jan. 1 Fiesta Bowl contest with Notre Dame, but the Buckeyes are already deep into their preparation.
Players and coaches met with media Thursday for the on-campus media day and spoke about their pending matchup with the Irish and the approach to bowl practice.
A win over Notre Dame will give the Buckeyes 50 wins in the past four years. Ohio State safety Vonn Bell spoke about what that would mean for the program as well as what it will take to defend the Fighting Irish offense.
Tyvis Powell is a junior in terms of eligibility, but as he's in his fourth year in the program and would be one of those players with 50 wins. He reflected on his accomplishment at Ohio State and discussed the Notre Dame offense.
Offensive guard Pat Elflein spoke about the magnitude of the matchup with Notre Dame as well as the process he and other Ohio State underclassmen are dealing with in balancing their NFL future.
Quarterback J.T. Barrett said that Ohio State will be playing for its seniors in the Fiesta Bowl
Defensive end Joey Bosa said there are many similarities between Notre Dame's offense and Ohio State's and also commented on being recruited by the Fighting Irish.
Luke Fickell is 3-0 against Notre Dame, winning twice as a player and once as an assistant coach. He reflected on those experiences.
Luke Fickell's defensive counterpart, Chris Ash, has accepted the heading coaching position at Rutgers. He spoke about the goals he's reached in his career and what he learned from coaching under Urban Meyer.
Greg Schiano will replace Ash on the staff next season and senior linebacker Joshua Perry spoke about what he's seen from those two coaches since the announcements as well as the captain's experiences as a finalists for the Lott IMPACT Trophy.