The Buckeyes (No. 7 in the final College Football Playoff Top 25) and Irish (No. 8) have played each other five times in the past, and the Buckeyes lead the overall series 3-2. The last time these two played was back in 2006, when the Buckeyes led by Troy Smith, Ted Ginn, and Santonio Holmes defeated the Irish also in the Fiesta Bowl.
Ohio State will be going into this one hungry for a win over a solid Notre Dame team. The Buckeyes crushed Michigan to end their season, and had high hopes for a College Football Playoff berth. But a consolation trip to Glendale, an area where they were regulars in the 2000s, won't be so bad.
The Buckeyes last competed in the Fiesta Bowl in the 2008 season, when they faced the Texas Longhorns. The Longhorns won that matchup, 24-21. The Buckeyes are 4-2 all-time in the Fiesta Bowl, and will look to make it a 5-2 mark on Jan. 1, 2016.
The Buckeyes and Fighting Irish will kickoff at 11 a.m. local time, 1 p.m. ET in Columbus on ESPN (Channel 1301 on Time Warner Columbus/Delaware).