Jody Victor: Seven Ohio State football players have been selected to participate in post-season all-star games. Nate Salley, Anthony Schlegel, Rob Sims and Josh Huston will play in the East-West Shrine Game which, after 80 years in San Francisco, will be played for the first time at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas, Saturday, Jan. 21 at 4 p.m., EST. One week later, on Jan. 28, A.J. Hawk, Bobby Carpenter and Nick Mangold will travel to Mobile, Ala., for the Senior Bowl at Ladd-Peebles Stadium. ESPN will televise that game live beginning at 4 p.m., EST.
Steve Victor, Joe Victor and I congratulate all seven and wish them good luck in their games.
Jody Victor: The OSU Buckeyes are looking forward to the upcoming Fiesta Bowl game against Notre Dame in Tempe, Arizona. According to head coach Jim Tressel and some of the seniors the team is working harder than ever at practice and studying films deeper in preparation for the game.
The senior class has a great opportunity to be one of the few to have won three Michigan games and four bowl games. With this in mind the guys are pumped and ready to go for game day Monday, January 2nd – kick-off 5:00 p.m.
Steve Victor, Joe Victor and I will be watching the game and cheering them on.
Jody Victor: To the surpirse of absolutely no one, A.J. Hawk has been selected as the Most Valuable Player on the 2005 Ohio State football team. The senior linebacker and two-time All-American received the award Monday December 5th at the annual football appreciation banquet.
Hawk led the team in tackles with 109, including 13 tackles for loss and 7.5 sacks. He has led the Buckeyes in tackles each of the past three years, and ranks fifth on the all-time tackle list at Ohio State with 382 total stops.
“It is a fitting tribute to a great football player and leader,” said Ohio State coach Jim Tressel, whose 9-2 Buckeyes closed out the season with six consecutive wins. “I've never been around a better linebacker, nor have I ever known a player that was more liked and respected by his teammates than A.J.. He is so humble and sincere. The only vote he didn't get was his.”
Joe Victor, Steve Victor,and I send our hearty congratulations to A.J. Hawk as well!
Jody Victor : At a press conference Monday, the Big Ten co-champion Ohio State accepted a bid to play in this year's Tostitos Fiesta Bowl. The Buckeyes will play Notre Dame in just the fifth-ever meeting between two of college football's most recognized programs.
The series between the Buckeyes and Irish is deadlocked at 2-2. Notre Dame won the first two, recording a dramatic 18-13 win in 1935 in Columbus and a 7-2 victory the following year in South Bend. The two teams did not play again until 1995, when Ohio State prevailed 45-26 in Ohio Stadium. OSU squared the series in 1996 with a 29-16 triumph in South Bend.
Both teams take 9-2 records into this year's game, which will kickoff at approximately 5:12 p.m. EST, Jan. 2, in Sun Devil Stadium. It will be televised on ABC.