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Ohio State will head to the desert Sunday to begin its Fiesta Bowl prep. (Birm/Lettermen Row)

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Scarlet Sunrise: Buckeyes prepare for travel to Fiesta Bowl

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Buckeyes prepare for travel to Fiesta Bowl

Ohio State has done all of its Fiesta Bowl prep and game-planning for Clemson in Columbus, and the Buckeyes are currently at home celebrating an early Christmas with their families. On Sunday, they’ll head to the desert, where they’ll spend the next week before playing Clemson at State Farm Stadium in Glendale, Arizona.

This isn’t uncommon; the Buckeyes usually spend nearly a week at their bowl site to meet with the media, practice for a few days and prepare. The venue isn’t new to the Buckeyes either. They have played there plenty of times, including against Clemson in the 2016 College Football Playoff.

Starting Sunday, the rest of the preparation for the Fiesta Bowl will be from the desert. Lettermen Row will be there, too, so make sure to follow along for wall-to-wall coverage of the College Football Playoff and the Fiesta Bowl.

Bold predictions for 2020 signing class

Ohio State brought in a huge recruiting haul Wednesday for the class of 2020, which included two quarterbacks and a handful of elite prospects. The Buckeyes signed 24 players Wednesday, and they currently have a top-five class in the country. Who can have an instant impact for the Buckeyes next season? Who will end up as an All-American? Which signee will be a future difference maker? The Lettermen Row staff handed out bold predictions for the 24 signees. Check them out here.

2020 signing class superlatives

With the great class the Buckeyes brought in this week, there are likely going to be awards won during their three-to-five years on campus. But some of them have already won awards from Lettermen Row. Director of Recruiting Jeremy Birmingham handed out superlatives for the newest Buckeyes. Who is most likely to play early? Who could be President of the United States? Which young Buckeye will torch Michigan as a freshman? Find out here.

Ohio State basketball takes on Kentucky

The No. 5 Buckeyes rebounded from their loss last weekend at Minnesota with a blowout 80-48 win over Southeast Missouri State on Tuesday night. Now, they’ll travel to Las Vegas to take on No. 6 Kentucky on Saturday night at T-Mobile Arena.

The massive top-five showdown will be another good test for the Buckeyes, who already have wins over Villanova, Cincinnati and North Carolina this season. The win over North Carolina came on the road. But those games are done and over with. Ohio State now has to find a way to beat an athletic Kentucky team that could also use a quality win for its NCAA Tournament resume.

Tip-off is scheduled for 5:15 p.m. and can be found on CBS.

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