LOS ANGELES – As the 105th Rose Bowl Game inches closer, the Buckeyes hit the practice field again on Saturday as preparations enter the final stages before Tuesday’s showdown against ninth-ranked Washington.
Prior to practice, offensive coordinator/QB coach Ryan Day and five players – RB J.K. Dobbins, QB Dwayne Haskins, OL Isaiah Prince, OL Michael Jordan and WR K.J. Hill – met with members of the media at the Residence Inn LA Live, which is just a short five-minute ride from Ohio State’s team hotel in downtown Los Angeles. Coach Day and the players discussed their match-up against Washington, which features the Buckeyes’ No. 8-ranked scoring offense (43.6 points/game) and the Huskies’ No. 5-ranked scoring defense (15.5 points/game).
In the afternoon, Ohio State went through its fourth practice at the StubHub Center. Designed as a typical Wednesday practice would be, it lasted two hours under a cloudless, sun soaked sky with temperatures in the low to mid 60s. Today’s practice was the last in pads before the game.
Another one of Ohio State’s bowl traditions occurred on Saturday afternoon: its annual community service event. This year, the Buckeyes spent time with the Carson Colts, a youth football organization that servers Carson, California and surrounding areas. Players took pictures, signed autographs and interacted with the children after practice.
Tomorrow, the team will make its first visit to the Rose Bowl Stadium in Pasadena. On the agenda is the annual Rose Bowl Media Day and a team photo. The Buckeyes will also hold their final practice at the StubHub Center.