The Notre Dame Fighting Irish are set to face off against the Ohio State Buckeyes in the Fiesta Bowl this season. It is one of the most anticipated bowl games outside of the four teams that made it into the College Football Playoff.
Both teams were in the hunt for the playoff all season long and there is no major advantage either way between these two teams.
According to a report from College Football Talk, Notre Dame defensive tackle Jarron Jones and tight end Durham Smythe have started practicing and should be good to go for the game.
Jones has been unable to play all season long due to injury, but having him back against Ohio State would be huge for Notre Dame. He would be a huge presence on the defensive line at 6-foot-6 and 315 pounds.
That kind of size on the defensive side of the football would help contain star running back Ezekiel Elliott.
Smythe could be a huge target for Deshone Kizer against a tough Ohio State defense. He is a big target at 6-foot-4 and 245 pounds. That kind of pice would help the offensive a lot, although it would all depend on how up to speed he is.
Notre Dame seems to be getting healthy at the right time, while the Buckeyes are struggling a bit.
Make sure to tune into the Fiesta Bowl on New Year’s Day at 1:00 p.m. ET on ESPN.
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