Ohio State is gearing up for the Rose Bowl to cap another season with double-digit wins under Ryan Day.

The Buckeyes have gone 30-4 since Day took the helm of the program following the 2018 season, including 2 trips to the College Football Playoff. Unfortunately, Ohio State came up just short in 2021 of a B1G Championship Game and potential bid to the CFP but wound up in the Rose Bowl as an at-large team.

In Ohio State’s 2 losses this season, it was the defense that was particularly discouraging for the Buckeyes. Following the loss to Oregon, Day shuffled the defensive staff with Ohio State landing Oklahoma State DC Jim Knowles following the end of the regular season to lead the Buckeye defense.

On Friday, Day discussed what impact that has had on preparation for Utah and the Rose Bowl. According to Day, Knowles was not involved in any of Ohio State’s bowl preparation this season as the head coach is aiming for a fresh start on that side of the ball on Jan. 2. Day is still finalizing how the rest of the defensive staff will look moving forward.

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