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Bowl season is a special time

There was a time not that long ago when the biggest games of the college football season were played on New Years Day.

That’s changed since the playoff system was established, but that doesn’t mean that this time of year is any less exciting — especially if you are among the thousands of Ohio State fans who live across the Tri-State Area.

The Buckeyes will carry a 13-0 record into Saturday’s Fiesta Bowl against 13-0 Clemson in the semifinals of the College Football Playoff. The winner of that 8 p.m. game will face the winner of Saturday’s 4 p.m. Peach Bowl semifinal between LSU (13-0) and Oklahoma (12-1) for the national title at 8 p.m. Jan. 13 in New Orleans.

Ohio State finds itself closing in on the end of an impressive season, one that has so far seen two of it players, quarterback Justin Fields and defensive standout Chase Young, earn sports as finalists for the Heisman Trophy. That award, which goes to college football’s top player , was won by LSU’s Joe Burrow, who transferred from Columbus to Baton Rouge.

That possibility of an OSU-LSU matchup in the title game is intriguing. But, first things first. The Buckeyes and Tigers must win Saturday for that to happen. While nothing is guaranteed, the oddsmakers say that is a likely scenario after those games are played.

There also will be interest in several other games as we head into the heart of bowl season. At 8 p.m. today, for instance, Pitt (7-5) will meet Eastern Michigan (6-6) in Detroit in the Quick Lane Bowl. On Saturday, Notre Dame (10-2) will meet Iowa State (7-5) at noon in the Camping World Bowl in Orlando, Fla., while Penn State (10-2) will take on Memphis (12-1) at noon in the Cotton Bowl in Arlington, Texas.

And, at 3:30 p.m. on Jan. 3, Ohio University (6-6) will meet Nevada (7-5) in the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl in Boise.

Bowl season always has been a special time, and this year will be exception. We hope you’ll sit back and enjoy the games.

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