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Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Ohio State vs. Notre Dame | Fiesta Bowl

Ohio State vs. Notre Dame | Things you might not know about the Fiesta Bowl

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Ohio State and Notre Dame have previously met in the Fiesta Bowl: The Buckeyes posted a 34-20 victory on Jan. 2, 2006

Ohio State players will leave campus today for a holiday break and are scheduled to return to Columbus on Saturday. The team will leave for Glendale, Ariz., on Sunday.

Kickoff on Jan. 1 is scheduled for 11 a.m. local time (1 p.m. EST) in University of Phoenix Stadium. The Buckeyes will be the home team but will wear white jerseys.

Leading up to the game, a head coaches' joint news conference will be held on Dec. 31 at 8 a.m. local time.

ESPN will broadcast the game with Sean McDonough, Chris Spielman and Todd McShay providing the play-by-play and analysis

Ohio State and Notre Dame will meet for the third straight time as top-10 teams.

The Buckeyes will return to Columbus on Jan. 2.

Comparing the Buckeyes, Fighting Irish

Records: OSU 11-1, ND 10-2

Points/game: OSU 35, ND 34.8

Rushing yards/game: OSU 241.9, ND 214.8

Passing yards/game: OSU 187, ND 256.7

Total offense/game: OSU 428.9, ND 471.5

Total defense/game: OSU 303.5, ND 362.4

The coaches

Urban Meyer and Brian Kelly never have faced each other as head coaches. In addition, Meyer never has coached against Notre Dame, and Kelly never has coached against Ohio State.

Meyer's record in four seasons at Ohio State is 49-4; Kelly is 55-22 in six seasons as head coach at Notre Dame.

Meyer's career record in 14 seasons as a head coach is 153-27. Kelly's is 226-79-2 in 26 seasons, which include 13 at Division II Grand Valley State.
Meyer has a 9-2 record in bowl games; Kelly is 5-3.

Ohio State in the Fiesta Bowl

The Buckeyes have played in six Fiesta Bowls:

1980 (1980 season): Penn State 31, Ohio State 19

1984 ('83 season): Ohio State 28, Pittsburgh 23

2003 ('02 season): Ohio State 31, Miami 24 (2 OT)*

2004 ('03 season): Ohio State 35, Kansas State 28

2006 ('05 season): Ohio State 34, Notre Dame 20

2009 ('08 season): Texas 24, Ohio State 21
* National championship game

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