PRACTICE NOTES

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December 2017

USC SET FOR PRIME TIME, FRIDAY NIGHT SHOWDOWN AGAINST THE BUCKEYES

Thursday, December 28th, 2017

Taking time for one last practice session for the 82nd Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic, the No. 8 USC Trojans conducted a short walk-through at Coppell High School Thursday afternoon.

The Pac-12 champions now play the waiting game for just over 24 hours before taking center stage under the prime time spotlight at AT&T Stadium against the No. 5 Ohio State Buckeyes. Head coach Clay Helton said his squad just needs to translate their on-field preparations to in-game execution in order to come out victorious over a talented Buckeye bunch.

BUCKEYES READY TO PLAY

Thursday, December 28th, 2017

The Ohio State Buckeyes closed a week of work and play with a walk-through on Thursday afternoon at AT&T Stadium.

The No. 5 Buckeyes (11-2, 8-1 Big Ten) will put their preparation to the test Friday against the No. 8 USC Trojans (11-2, 8-1 Pac-12) in the 82nd Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic.

Ohio State Head Coach Urban Meyer had plenty to do before getting his team to the walk-through. His obligations included the head coaches’ press conference with USC’s Clay Helton in the morning and later the Goodyear Big Play Luncheon.

TROJANS PUT FINAL TOUCHES ON GAME PLAN FOR OHIO STATE

Wednesday, December 27th, 2017

The process is almost complete.

The No. 8 USC Trojans went through a light workout Wednesday afternoon at AT&T Stadium in their penultimate prep session before taking on No. 5 Ohio State in the 82nd edition of the Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic.

“It was a really good; a good red zone practice for us now two days out, 48 hours away from game day,” said head coach Clay Helton. “The kids are excited. It was a little bit emotional for us because it’s really our last practice with our seniors.

BUCKEYES PUT FINISHING TOUCHES ON PREPARATION

Wednesday, December 27th, 2017

The Ohio State Buckeyes turned in their final practice for the 82nd Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic on Wednesday at AT&T Stadium.

The only on-field preparation that remains is the walk-through on Thursday before the Buckeyes (11-2, 8-1 Big Ten), No. 5 in the College Football Playoff rankings, collide with No. 8 USC (11-2, 8-1 Pac-12) on Friday.

Just as if they were back home preparing for a Big Ten game, the Buckeyes have followed their normal game-week process. Wednesday equated to a typical Thursday during the regular season because it’s two days before the game.

USC SEEKS TO CAP SEASON ON A HIGH NOTE

Tuesday, December 26th, 2017

The No. 8 USC Trojans were back hard at work on the practice field Tuesday afternoon for their second workout of the week at AT&T Stadium.

With the enthusiasm the team has displayed all week, USC bounced through a nearly two-hour workout filled with energy from warm-ups to the final horn.

“They love to compete against each other,” said head coach Clay Helton. “When you’ve been competing against each other for three weeks, you’re really ready to go compete against somebody else.

BUCKEYES GETTING IN TUNE WITH USC

Tuesday, December 26th, 2017

Ohio State completed its fourth on-site practice Tuesday in preparation for the 82nd Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic.

The Buckeyes (11-2, 8-1 Big Ten), No. 5 in the CFP rankings, worked enthusiastically for two hours in helmets, shells and shorts at AT&T Stadium. It was their second practice at the game venue after working twice at a local high school. They’ll meet No. 8 USC (11-2, 8-1 Pac-12) on Friday.

Media were given 15 minutes early in practice to take photos and video.

TROJANS CONTINUE GOODYEAR COTTON BOWL CLASSIC PREP

Monday, December 25th, 2017

While most celebrated the Christmas holiday on Monday, the USC Trojans (11-2, 8-1 Pac-12), No. 8 in the College Football Playoff rankings, kept things business as usual with a two-hour practice to continue preparation for facing the No. 5 Ohio State Buckeyes (11-2, 8-1 Big Ten) in the 82nd Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic.

USC got its first feel of AT&T Stadium with practice in shells and shorts. The Trojans went through a high-energy workout encompassing individual drills and game situations.

OHIO STATE MAKES ITSELF AT HOME IN AT&T STADIUM PRACTICE

Monday, December 25th, 2017

It’s not “The Shoe”, but AT&T Stadium gave the Ohio State Buckeyes that home feeling on Monday.

Ohio State (11-2, 8-1 Big Ten), No. 5 in the College Football Playoff rankings, practiced at AT&T Stadium for the first time since arriving in preparation to face the No. 8 USC Trojans (11-2, 8-1 Pac-12) in the 82nd Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic. The stadium was unavailable Saturday because of Texas high school championship games and Sunday because of the Dallas Cowboys game, so they practiced at a local high school.

USC RETURNS TO THE PRACTICE FIELD, FOCUS ON OHIO STATE

Sunday, December 24th, 2017

The USC Trojans got into the holiday spirit with a lively 60-minute practice Sunday afternoon at Coppell High School.

Head coach Clay Helton complimented his squad on their collective focus in the team’s first practice since Tuesday. The Trojans went through their traditional Monday routine, touching on all three phases and working on the game plan to face Ohio State.

USC (11-2, 8-1 Pac-12) is eighth in the College Football Playoff rankings and Ohio State (11-2, 8-1 Big Ten) is fifth.

FULL PRACTICE, FULL DAY FOR BUCKEYES

Sunday, December 24th, 2017

The Ohio State Buckeyes settled into their game-week preparation routine, treating Sunday’s practice like a Monday during the regular season.

Because the 82nd Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic will be played on Friday, the Buckeyes and their opponent, the USC Trojans, are working a day ahead of their normal schedules.

Ohio State (11-2, 8-1 Big Ten) is fifth in the College Football Playoff rankings and USC (11-2, 8-1 Pac-12) is eighth.

Head Coach Urban Meyer put Ohio State through a spirited two-hour workout in full pads at Euless Trinity High School.

Buckeyes Arrive, Get Down to Business

Saturday, December 23rd, 2017

The Ohio State Buckeyes didn’t waste any time starting their on-site preparation for the 82nd Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic.

The team’s flight landed late morning on Saturday and they bussed straight to Euless Trinity High School to practice before heading to the team hotel. Ohio State (11-2, 8-1 Big Ten), No. 5 in the CFP rankings, is preparing to face the No. 8 USC Trojans (11-2, 8-1 Pac-12).

Head Coach Urban Meyer spoke with the media before taking the field and said he’s glad to be back in the Classic.

January 2017

WISCONSIN READIES FOR WESTERN MICHIGAN

Sunday, January 1st, 2017

Wisconsin got its last feel of AT&T Stadium in anticipation of its Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic clash with a brief walk-through late Sunday afternoon.

“It’s one more day of preparation,” said head coach Paul Chryst. “Guys were able to run through the game plan and make sure they are sharp on some things. You’re always teaching, you’re always coaching so (this was) one more day of preparation.”

With weeks of practice in the books, the Badgers (10-3, 7-2 Big Ten) and the No.

BRONCOS READY TO ROLL

Sunday, January 1st, 2017

Western Michigan put the finishing touches on its preparation for the 81st Goodyear Cotton Bowl by conducting a light practice Sunday afternoon at AT&T Stadium.

The Broncos (13-0, 9-0 Mid-American) have completed their 15 allotted bowl workouts and Head Coach P.J. Fleck proclaimed his team his ready to face Wisconsin (10-3, 7-2 Big Ten) on Monday.

“Our players are anxious to play … and tired of practicing,” Head Coach P.J. Fleck said earlier in the day.

December 2016

BRONCOS DOWNSHIFT FOR PRACTICE

Saturday, December 31st, 2016

Western Michigan polished its game plan during a 45-minute practice Saturday at AT&T Stadium.


It’s the same practice during a regular-season game week that falls on a Thursday, so the Broncos refer to it as Technique Thursday. They work without pads and helmets and they step moderately instead of running as they execute plays.


“There’s absolutely zero energy exerted physically. It’s all mental energy,” Head Coach P.J.

WISCONSIN PUTS FINAL TOUCHES ON PREP FOR CLASSIC

Saturday, December 31st, 2016

After a day away from the practice field, Wisconsin got back to business for its matchup with the No. 15 Western Michigan Broncos in the 81st Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic.


The Badgers (10-3, 7-2 Big Ten) went through their final full workout at AT&T Stadium with a 90-minute workout, thoroughly going through the final touches of their preparation in helmets and shorts. Head coach Paul Chryst said he was pleased with how his squad responded from taking the much-needed respite.

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