The Ohio State Buckeyes are closing in on the biggest game of the year: the National Championship game in Dallas, Texas on Monday night against the Oregon Ducks and the scarlet and gray fever is everywhere.
It stretches from Columbus, to Cleveland and all stops in between; that includes Urbana, Ohio which will officially change its name for one day to Urban, Ohio on Monday in honor of Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer.
“You’re kidding. (Laughter) Urbana, Ohio is dropping the A?,” said Meyer. “Wow, that’s very nice.”
The Buckeyes are putting together their game plan for the biggest game of the season despite not practicing on Tuesday. Ohio State will play for the school’s 8th national title and first in 13 years.
“It’s exciting because we are chasing the ultimate goal, that has always been our goal since mid-season when we knew we could do something special,” said Ohio State quarterback Cardale Jones. “It’s very exciting, very emotional not just for me but for my teammates as well.”
Jones will lead the Ohio State offense in Dallas, Texas on Monday night. He is the third string quarterback this season for the Buckeyes and played his high school football right here in northeast Ohio at Glenville High School. If we learned anything about #12 from the Big Ten title game or the Sugar Bowl, it’s that nothing fazes him, not even the big stage.
“Little jitters before the game but in the game behind center when you are out there with your guys, it’s just you and your guys and when you’re doing something that you’ve done for all your life with your guys that eliminates all the nervousness,” said Jones.
The Buckeyes won’t have time to be nervous, the Oregon Ducks come in as one of the fastest teams in the country, in the Rose Bowl game against Florida State, Oregon ran an offensive play every 20.2 seconds.
“It’s going to be a track meet, so we’ll see what happens,” said Buckeyes receiver Evan Spencer.
The Buckeyes have already slowed down two Heisman candidates in their last two games in Alabama wide receiver Amari Cooper and Wisconsin running back Melvin Gordon. Now, can they find a way to slow down the Heisman winner in Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota?
“He’s very talented in the run game, he just makes good decisions, he is a tall physical guy that can run the ball and pass just as well,” said defensive end Joey Bosa
If Ohio State can slow down Mariota and the Ducks, Oregon will leave town with a case of Buckeye Fever.
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