Previous Ohio State Fiesta Bowl appearances. The Buckeyes boast a 4-2 record in the game. They lost to Texas in their last appearance in 2008 but also have fond memories of winning a title in the desert, knocking off Miami in the classic 2002 game.
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Wins by Urban Meyer teams all time in bowl games. In two years as Buckeyes head coach, Meyer is 2-1, both victories coming in last year’s College Football Playoff. He lost only one bowl game in his tenures with Utah and Florida, going 7-1.
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Scholarship players from Ohio on Notre Dame’s roster - DeShone Kizer (Toledo), injured quarterback Malik Zaire (Dayton), linebacker Jarrett Grace (Cincinnati), defensive lineman Daniel Cage (Cincinnati), tight end Chase Hounshell (Kirtland), defensive lineman Jacob Matuska (Columbus), cornerback Nick Coleman (Dayton), injured defensive back Shaun Crawford (Lakewood), offensive lineman Jimmy Byrne (Cleveland) and defensive lineman Elijah Taylor (Cincinnati).
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Seasons Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly spent coaching in Ohio. Kelly was the Cincinnati Bearcats’ head coach from 2007-09, posting a 34-6 record.
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Years since the Fighting Irish scored a victory in a 'major' bowl game. Notre Dame beat No. 6 Texas A&M in the Cotton Bowl following the 1993 season. It lost three times in BCS bowl games (2000 & 2005 Fiesta, 2006 Sugar).
Notre Dame opponents ranked in the current College Football Playoff Top 25 – more than any other team in the country.The Fighting Irish lost to two of them - Clemson and Stanford.
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Years between Buckeye-Fighting Irish meetings. The two first met in 1936 and 1937, with Notre Dame winning both. They didn’t play again until 1995 and Ohio State won the next three meetings, most recently getting the better of the Fighting Irish in the 2006 Fiesta Bowl.