Ohio State couldn't sneak its way into the College Football Playoff, but the 11-1 Buckeyes did earn a spot in a New Year's Six bowl game when the matchups were announced Sunday.
In one of the most appealing matchups of the New Year's Six bowl games, Ohio State will face off against Notre Dame in the Fiesta Bowl on New Year's Day.
It's a rematch of the 2006 edition of the Fiesta Bowl, when the Buckeyes beat the Fighting Irish, 34-20, behind head coach Jim Tressell and quarterback Troy Smith.
Entering championship weekend, the Buckeyes had hopes of landing an unlikely but still possible spot in the College Football Playoff. But the results of the conference title games didn't break Ohio State's way, leaving the Buckeyes out of the final four a year after they won the national championship.
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A loss to Michigan State two weeks ago meant Ohio State wasn't able to compete in this season's Big Ten Championship Game. With Iowa losing to Michigan State in that game Saturday night, there was some thought the Buckeyes could finish ranked ahead of the Hawkeyes in the College Football Playoff rankings and land a spot in the Rose Bowl. But the Hawkeyes earned the trip to Pasadena, sending the Buckeyes to Arizona.
This will be Ohio State's seventh all-time trip to the Fiesta Bowl, where it has a 4-2 record in six previous visits.
This will be the sixth all-time meeting between the Buckeyes and Irish, Ohio State holding a 3-2 series edge. Notre Dame won the first two meetings in the 1930s, but Ohio State won matchups in 1995, 1996 and 2005.