"Ohio State's quarterback of the past and quarterback of the future wasn't the quarterback of the present for much of 2015."
J.T. Barrett saw limited opportunities for much of the 2015 season. As a result, his numbers were unsurprisingly down after a 2014 campaign in which he finished 5th in the Heisman Trophy voting. Barrett says he feels that he has gotten better as a quarterback, and says the team has gotten even better since the Buckeyes last game against Michigan, which is nice to hear considering how well that went.
Barrett also seems to reiterate, without necessarily saying so, that there was no rift in the locker room. He acknowledges the fact that he, just as much as Cardale Jones, did not play well early on in the season, and that he never played up to his ability to take the starting job. Barrett also says the work in the film room helped him make his greatest improvements this season. Hopefully he carries that with him moving forward for future success in Columbus.
"You're going to hear the words 'Ohio State' and 'Notre Dame' a lot when watching the draft in a few months."
As it should be expected in a New Year's Six bowl, Ohio State and Notre Dame boast plenty of pro football talent in this season's Fiesta Bowl. Landis points out on Mel Kiper's most recent big board, four Ohio State players and two Notre Dame players crack a list featuring 25 prospects. For the Buckeyes, Joey Bosa, Ezekiel Elliott, Taylor Decker, and Michael Thomas are on the list. For Notre Dame, you'll find Jaylon Smith and Ronnie Stanley, a linebacker and left tackle, respectively.
And those are just the guys at the top end of things. Both teams have a handful of other players who should hear their names called in the 2016 NFL Draft, and it is one of the few bowls that will feature such talent. With the likes of Braxton Miller, Joshua Perry, Eli Apple, and Nick Vannett just to name some, Ohio State is loaded. Sheldon Day and Nick Martin are also a couple of players from Notre Dame who are garnering NFL eyes. The game might not have the biggest implications, but the quality of football on the field should be just about as high as you could find anywhere else in the country during bowl season.
"Not counting the national championship game, college football has 40 bowl games this season. [...] Along the way to the current lineup, however, more than a few have dropped out of sight, sometimes after only one or two years."
If you haven't noticed, college football isn't exactly lacking on bowl games. If there's a day during the holiday season in which you'd like to watch some football, chances are, there is a game or two on. While there are many varying opinions on the matter, whether there should be more or less, we have seen bowl games taken away from us, and the history of it is pretty neat.
For starters, there was the Aviation Bowl that was played in Dayton, Ohio. It was named for the Wright brothers, and was played just once in 1961 between New Mexico and Western Michigan, with the Lobos coming out on top. In 1947, the Great Lakes Bowl was played in Cleveland at Municipal Stadium, where Kentucky knocked off Villanova 24-14. That would perhaps make for a better basketball game. And this absolutely sounds like it needs to be brought back: the Bacardi Bowl, played in Havana, Cuba back in 1937. The game resulted in a tie between Auburn and Villanova. It was also dubbed the Rhumba Bowl, and the Cigar Bowl. Bring it back.
"While many fans will have parking passes to University of Phoenix Stadium lots for the New Year's Day game, others looking to park at adjacent properties will pay between $25 and $50."
Parking at sporting events seems to get more expensive as the years go by, and the events seem to get bigger and bigger. While there are bigger games out there this year than the Fiesta Bowl, parking is still somewhat hard to come by, but what might be even harder is the hit your wallet will take in paying for it.
The city of Glendale sent out a release with parking options for the game, which will be at 11 a.m. local time on New Year's Day. They include parking lots at Westgate and the Tanger Outlet mall, which will cost $35 per car. At the Renaissance Hotel, it will cost visitors $50, and your cheapest option is at Gila River Arena, which is located between the stadium and Westgate, which go for $25.