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Ohio State’s bowl projections entering Week 9

Some say College Football Playoff, while others say Fiesta Bowl against Notre Dame or Washington

NCAA Football: Maryland at Ohio State Joe Maiorana-USA TODAY Sports

These are getting a tad bit more fun to do. A few weeks ago, one of the bowl projections for the Ohio State Buckeyes pointed to the Citrus Bowl; now, once again, all the analysts/writers in this week’s bowl prediction round-up have the Scarlet and Gray in either a playoff game or a New Year’s Six bowl contest.

Let’s get this show on the road, and see who is believing in a College Football Playoff appearance for the Bucks.

CBS Sports

Writer Bowl Opponent
Writer Bowl Opponent
Jerry Palm Rose (No.3) Penn State

SB Nation

Writer Bowl Opponent
Writer Bowl Opponent
Jason Kirk Rose (No. 2) Oklahoma

Jerry Palm at CBS Sports has been a believer for the past few weeks. This week, it’s the Rose Bowl (again) as the projected landing spot for OSU in the postseason. He also reiterates the belief that a rematch with the Penn State Nittany Lions would happen in the Rose Bowl—meaning he has OSU winning on Saturday vs. PSU.

SB Nation’s own Jason Kirk also has Urban Meyer coaching the team back to the playoffs. Like Palm, Kirk’s matchup has a rematch flavor in the Grandaddy of them All.

Whether it’s the Oklahoma Sooners or Nittany Lions, a rematch seems to be in store for the Buckeyes—if everything else goes according to plan.

USA Today

Writer Bowl Opponent
Writer Bowl Opponent
Erick Smith Fiesta Notre Dame

Sports Illustrated

Writer Bowl Team
Writer Bowl Team
Eric Single Fiesta Washington

[inhales deeply, then sighs]

The Fiesta Bowl is, once again, another popular prediction for where the Buckeyes will be spending their postseason. If this is true, it would make for a three-year run in Glendale, Ariz.

Don’t get me wrong, the Fiesta Bowl is a nice bowl game to go to. But for Ohio State fans, a change in bowl game scenery would be a welcomed sight.


Writer Bowl Opponent
Writer Bowl Opponent
Kyle Bonagura Cotton Notre Dame
David M. Hale Orange Miami (FL)

I just mentioned that a change in scenery would be nice, but be careful what you wish for.

ESPN’s Kyle Bonagura has the Buckeyes in the Cotton Bowl, but their opponent would be Notre Dame, the same foe they faced in the 2016 Fiesta Bowl.

David Hale has an Orange Bowl appearance for OSU, with Miami getting a virtual home game. It wasn’t too long ago that the Buckeyes were in this bowl. In 2014, Meyer’s first bowl appearance as head coach of Ohio State was an Orange Bowl.