PASADENA, Calif. (WCMH) – It’s been a long wait, but game day is finally here.
The Rose Bowl kickoff between the Ohio State Buckeyes and the Washington Huskies is just hours away.
Ohio State is set to make its 15th Rose Bowl appearance. So far, Ohio State has been a 50/50 split in the granddaddy of them all with seven wins and seven losses.
Tuesday is the 50th anniversary of the 1969 Buckeye win which secured a national championship. Tuesday could be another special day in Ohio State history.
Urban Meyer and Washington coach Chris Peterson gathered Monday morning for one final news conference and photo. Then it was back to work.
The team participated in a light walkthrough. It was like a normal game-week Friday for them.
Meyer’s retirement continues to be the main storyline of the Rose Bowl game. He’s tried to deflect much of the attention, but he spoke Monday about keeping the focus where it belongs.
“We’re here to win a football game. The best part of the bowl experience is doing your very best to win and winning it. So, we have been working very hard at that. Realizing who we’re playing and how good they are. It’s been a great experience and we try to avoid that at all costs. Because any distraction other than getting ready to play, we’re not going to allow that,” said Meyer.
A huge crowd turned out for the Buckeye Bash Monday at the Staples Center. Coach Meyer’s final appearance at a Buckeye Bash as head coach had fans showing their support.
Thousands turned out to cheer for the Buckeyes, so we can expected a massive turnout for the Buckeyes in Pasadena at game time.
The game will be a Buckeye finale for several of the Buckeyes’ best players. Several underclassmen could turn pro, as well as three 5th-year seniors who have led the program at an unprecedented level.