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Ohio State Player Says Buckeyes Have Had Nebraska Game 'Circled'

Nick Bosa rushes the passer against Brenden Jaimes during Nebraska-Ohio State,

LINCOLN, NE - OCTOBER 14: Defensive lineman Nick Bosa #97 of the Ohio State Buckeyes rushes offensive lineman Brenden Jaimes #76 of the Nebraska Cornhuskers* of the Nebraska Cornhuskers at Memorial Stadium on October 14, 2017 in Lincoln, Nebraska. (Photo by Steven Branscombe/Getty Images)

Most college football players and coaches will tell you that they're only focused on the game ahead of them. Ohio State football operates a bit differently.

The Buckeyes famously have Michigan on their mind year-round. That strategy has served them well, given the overwhelming dominance they've had in one of the sport's biggest rivalries.

This year, another game has been on the team's mind since the schedule was released: this Saturday's game in Nebraska. Ohio State rolls in undefeated, as expected, while the Huskers are 3-1 and look to have taken a step forward from last season, its first under Scott Frost.

The game is getting the hype that many thought is might, and now has College GameDay coming to Lincoln for the occasion.

Ahead of the game, Buckeyes defensive tackle Haskell Garrett said that the team has had this game at Nebraska "circled" entering the season, as one of the team's first major tests.

From The-Ozone:

“We’ve had this one circled since since February. So we’re ready to go,” said DT Haskell Garrett on Wednesday. “We knew that this was gonna be the one. Everybody’s testing us, every week, every day, so we just gotta go out there and make a statement.”


“It’s just a real, real good offense. High tempo. They’re ready for us,” said Garrett.

Nebraska gave Ohio State a real game last season, falling 36-31. Ohio State also has a recent history of nightmare games when it travels to Big Ten West schools, with bad losses to Iowa and Purdue over the last few seasons.

Don't expect the Buckeyes to come out sleeping against the Huskers, though, based on what Garrett has said.