Dec. 29, 2015

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This Is Bowl Week: #7 Ohio State vs. #8 Notre Dame

GLENDALE, Ariz.- The Ohio State Buckeyes have settled into their Battlefrog Fiesta Bowl routine nicely with a second seamless day in the books of morning interviews for some followed by meetings and then practice. The team spent its entire two-hour practice session on the green grass fields at Pinnacle High School and under azure skies. There was low to no wind.

Let’s get one thing straight
It’s not super warm in Arizona. The Buckeyes practiced under gray skies and in temperatures in the low 50s on Monday … with a slight breeze that made the shade even chillier. Today, the temperature climbed to about 55 degrees during practice and the sun shone brightly throughout.

No Nick Vannett
Senior tight end and starting tight end Nick Vannett missed practice on Tuesday. He wasn’t feeling well and, instead of practicing, he stayed back at the team hotel, the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess.

More media today
Coach Ed Warinner and five offensive stars — All-American left tackle Taylor Decker, wide receiver Michael Thomas, offensive guard Pat Elflein, running back Ezekiel Elliott and quarterback J.T. Barrett — represented the team during the 9:30 a.m. media portion of the day.

Here’s a few quick soundbites from today:

Ezekiel Elliott on his accident: “I wasn’t aware my license was suspended in the first place. I’m letting my dad and lawyer handle what’s going on with those traffic fees. I’m happy no one was majorly injured in the accident. It was scary.”

J.T. Barrett on the season: “There were definitely some highs and lows, but that’s any season. But I think there were more highs than lows.”

Michael Thomas on the game: “Seeing the College Football Playoff commercials, all that, and not being able to be part of that is kind of humbling from where we were last year. To be in this opportunity is what we have. We want to prove something.”

Taylor Decker on the prestige of Ohio State vs. Notre Dame: “Both very storied programs; a lot of good players; a lot of history behind each and then, you know, head-to-head matchups. So it’s going to be a fun game.”