CARSON, Calif. – There were sunny skies in Southern California on Tuesday morning as both the Buckeyes and the Utah Utes went through their own practices offsite in preparation for the New Year’s Day Rose Bowl game.
As other bowl games have faced sudden and disappointing cancellations it has been all systems go for the Rose Bowl.
Ohio State has plenty of things to work on in advance of this game, coming off of the disappointing loss to Michigan, four optouts on the football team (yet, Chris Olave still is there working out as the other three are not in Southern California) and much more.
The departures of Olave and Garrett Wilson creates opportunity for young receivers like Julian Fleming and Marvin Harrison Jr. but also takes away a pair of targets from CJ Stroud. Needless to say, plenty of eyes will be on that facet of the Ohio State offense.
And what about the defense?
Utah is not your father’s Pac-12 team, they are a hard-hitting, tough-nosed team that is going to look to run power at the Buckeyes.
That did not go so well in Ohio State’s last game.
Comments made by ‘That Team Up North’ did not sit well with the Buckeyes and while everyone is trying to “move on”, don’t think for a second that anyone has forgotten about that and a great outing against Utah would go a long way in healing some of those wounds.
We did not see names like Sevyn Banks, Antwuan Jackson, Cody Simon and Marcus Williamson were not seen at practice and are not expected to go in this game. Plenty of opportunity for young players on this side of the ball as well as this January 1st, 2022 game not only serves as an end point to the 2021 season but a true kickoff to the 2022 season.
We will be back on the practice fields once again on Wednesday for another report as the Rose Bowl draws closer.