Ohio State is in New Orleans with the Buckeyes making their arrival Thursday.

Upon their arrival, head coach Ryan Day met with Maria Taylor to discuss the upcoming Sugar Bowl. Day admitted the schedule is different this year with Ohio State traditionally spending a week or so on-site to enjoy the bowl activities.

Despite the changeup, Day is still pleased with the bowl prep:

“We’re really excited about being in New Orleans, being in the Sugar Bowl. The preparations have been good,” said Day. “We’re excited to be here and looking forward to an exciting night.”

The question on everyone’s mind is the overall health of the Buckeyes, and Taylor was quick to ask Day about the team’s status. She asked Day if there were any starters missing from Ohio State after star receiver Chris Olave missed the B1G Championship Game.

While Day did not address any specific players, he did chime in with a statement that the plane was a bit more full this week:

“As you know, there’s a protocol to come back. A lot of those guys are back in the protocol, and they’ve gotten stronger as the week’s gone on,” said Day. “But you don’t just jump back on the field after being out for an extended period of time. So they’re getting stronger, and the plane’s a little bit more full than it was a week ago.”

Here’s the brief interview after Ohio State landed Thursday evening: