ATLANTA — Only three more days to go before Ohio State’s gut wrenching loss to the ‘team up north’ on November 26 can finally go away.
A defeat that has followed the Buckeyes into Atlanta, but the team has grown tired of talking about it. Instead, OSU has shifted its focus toward the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl.
Inside Mercedes-Benz Stadium on Wednesday, the scarlet and gray continued preparations for undefeated and top-ranked Georgia.
In all essence, this will be a road game for Ohio State. With crowd noise expected to play a factor, head coach Ryan Day is doing his best to make sure nothing will surprise his team this weekend.
In fact, Saturday’s College Football Playoff Semifinal will mark the first time OSU plays in the Peach Bowl.
“When you sign to come to Ohio State, you sign up to play in games like this,” safety Lathan Ransom said. “Considering we are the underdog, we should take pride in that.”
On top of a new city comes a new facility. The Buckeyes have not played indoors this season, yet they don’t look at that as a disadvantage.
“When we play, there’s thousands of fans in our stadium & anywhere we go. So we are very well prepared to walk into that stadium and play on this stage,” defensive end Jack Sawyer said.
While a spot in the National Championship is the main goal, there’s a bit of history on the line as well. If Ohio State defeats Georgia, they would become the first team to win all six New Year’s bowl games.