MIAMI — Going into their last outing (the Big Ten Championship), the Ohio State Buckeyes were figuring their following tilt would be taking place in southern California.
However, Michigan State decided to take the ticket and run to the west coast, leaving the No. 8 Buckeyes (12-1) traveling south for the winter to Miami to take on No. 12 Clemson in the Discover Orange Bowl.
"Obviously, we're not going to where we thought we were going or where we wanted to be going, but we're playing in the Orange Bowl and that's a big-time bowl game," Ohio State senior offensive tackle Jack Mewhort said. "When you start going back to the coulda, woulda, shouldas, that's poisonous for a team.
"It's our job as leaders to look ahead and make sure everybody is doing their business."