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Ohio State will play Notre Dame in Fiesta Bowl








Ohio State will face Notre Dame in the Fiesta Bowl.
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Ohio State didn't win its conference — or its division, for that matter — and as a result, the Buckeyes won't have a chance to repeat as national champions of college football.
However, Urban Meyer's Buckeyes check in at No. 7 in the final set of College Football Playoff rankings released Sunday afternoon. They are set to take on No. 8 Notre Dame (10-2) in the Fiesta Bowl. Kickoff is set for 1 p.m. EST New Year's Day.
The 2015 Playoff matchups are No. 1 Clemson against No. 4 Oklahoma and No. 2 Alabama against No. 3 Michigan State. Iowa, who lost to the Spartans, 16-13, in the Big Ten Championship Game Saturday, is ranked fifth and set to play No. 6 Stanford in the Rose Bowl.
Ohio State finished the 2015 regular season 11-1, with its lone blemish being a 17-14 loss to Michigan State in Columbus Nov. 21. As a result, the Buckeyes needed some help in the form of chaos on Conference Championship Saturday to have a shot at a second straight Playoff berth. It didn't happen, but the team is set to return to the Fiesta Bowl for the first time since a 24-21 loss to Texas in 2009.
No. 7 Ohio State will meet No. 8 Notre Dame in the Fiesta Bowl.
The last time Meyer coached in the Glendale, Arizona, was in January 2007 as the head coach at Florida, when he and the Gators stomped Ohio State, 41-14, to win the BCS National Championship.
Ohio State leads the all-time series against the Fighting Irish 3-2. The Buckeyes won the most recent meeting between the two programs, 34-20, in the 2006 Fiesta Bowl. The two teams are set to open a home-and-home series in 2022, when the Irish visit Ohio Stadium. The Buckeyes are scheduled to play in South Bend, Indiana, the following year.
It is the 46th bowl game in Ohio State's history and the seventh time the Buckeyes are set to play in the Fiesta Bowl.
FINAL COLLEGE FOOTBALL PLAYOFF RANKINGS
RANKTEAMCONF.RECORDBOWL GAMES
1CLEMSONACC13-0CFP SEMIFINAL, ORANGE BOWL v. OKLAHOMA (12/31)
2ALABAMASEC12-1CFP SEMIFINAL, COTTON BOWL v. MICHIGAN STATE (12/31)
3MICHIGAN STATEBIG TEN12-1CFP SEMIFINAL, COTTON BOWL v. ALABAMA (12/31)
4OKLAHOMABIG 1211-1CFP SEMIFINAL, ORANGE BOWL v. CLEMSON (12/31)
5IOWABIG TEN12-1ROSE BOWL v. STANFORD (1/1)
6STANFORDPAC-1211-2ROSE BOWL v. IOWA (1/1)
7OHIO STATEBIG TEN11-1FIESTA BOWL v. NOTRE DAME (1/1)
8NOTRE DAMEIND10-2FIESTA BOWL v. OHIO STATE (1/1)
9FLORIDA STATEACC10-2PEACH BOWL v. HOUSTON (12/31)
10NORTH CAROLINAACC11-2RUSSELL ATHLETIC BOWL v. BAYLOR (12/29)
11TCUBIG 1210-2ALAMO BOWL v. OREGON (1/2)
12OLE MISSSEC9-3SUGAR BOWL v. OKLAHOMA STATE (1/1)
13NORTHWESTERNBIG TEN10-2OUTBACK BOWL v. TENNESSEE (1/1)
14MICHIGANBIG TEN9-3CITRUS BOWL v. FLORIDA (1/1)
15OREGONPAC-129-3ALAMO BOWL v. OREGON (1/2)
16OKLAHOMA STATEBIG 1210-2SUGAR BOWL v. OLE MISS (1/1)
17BAYLORBIG 129-3RUSSELL ATHLETIC BOWL v. NORTH CAROLINA (12/29)
18HOUSTONAAC12-1PEACH BOWL v. FLORIDA STATE (12/31)
19FLORIDASEC10-3CITRUS BOWL v. MICHIGAN (1/1)
20LSUSEC8-3TEXAS BOWL v. TEXAS TECH (12/29)
21NAVYAAC9-2MILITARY BOWL v. PITTSBURGH (12/28)
22UTAHPAC-129-3LAS VEGAS BOWL v. BYU (12/19)
23TENNESSEESEC8-4OUTBACK BOWL v. NORTHWESTERN (1/1)
24TEMPLEAAC10-3BOCA RATON BOWL v. TOLEDO (12/22)
25USCPAC-128-5HOLIDAY BOWL v. WISCONSIN (12/30)




OSU Heading to the Fiesta........... Again


COLUMBUS — The Buckeyes are headed to Glendale, Arizona to play Notre Dame in the Fiesta Bowl on January 1, 2016.
Ohio State (11-1) finished No. 7 in the final College Football Playoff Rankings, followed by the Irish (10-2) at No. 8.
This will be Ohio State's seventh time playing in the Fiesta Bowl, where they own a 4-2 overall record. This will also be the Buckeyes' second time playing Notre Dame in the Fiesta Bowl, with the last time happening after the 2005 regular season. The Buckeyes won that game 34-20.
Ohio State owns a 3-2 record all-time against Notre Dame.
The Fiesta Bowl kicks off at 1:00 pm eastern on New Year's Day.



The AP Top 25 Poll is out.
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In the final Associated Press Top 25 poll before the bowl games and College Football Playoff start, Ohio State is ranked at No. 7, falling one spot due to being leapfrogged by Stanford and staying behind Iowa.
The Buckeyes await their bowl fate, which will be determined later today. We will have full coverage of the final CFP poll as well as Ohio State's bowl destination.
The Big Ten placed six teams in the Top 25, including Michigan State (3), Iowa (6), Northwestern (12), Michigan (17), and Wisconsin (23).
AP TOP 25
RANKTEAMPOINTS1ST VOTESCHANGECONFERENCE
1CLEMSON151051 ACC
2ALABAMA14659 SEC
3MICHIGAN STATE13821+2BIG TEN
4OKLAHOMA1376 -1BIG 12
5STANFORD1221 +2PAC-12
6IOWA1214 -2 BIG TEN
7OHIO STATE1208 -1BIG TEN
8NOTRE DAME1070 +1INDEPENDENT
9FLORIDA STATE972 +1ACC
10NORTH CAROLINA949 -2ACC
11TEXAS CHRISTIAN936  BIG 12
12NORTHWESTERN776 +1BIG TEN
13OKLAHOMA STATE767 +1BIG 12
14HOUSTON710 +3THE AMERICAN
15OREGON685  PAC-12
16MISSISISSIPPI656  SEC
17MICHIGAN578 +2BIG TEN
18BAYLOR426 -6BIG 12
19FLORIDA420 -1SEC
20UTAH323 +1PAC-12
21NAVY271 +1THE AMERICAN
22LSU270 +1SEC
23WISCONSIN197 +2BIG TEN
24TEMPLE94 -4THE AMERICAN
25WESTERN KENTUCKY70 +2CONFERENCE USA

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