COLUMBUS, Ohio — It’s officially game week for the Ohio State football team. The Buckeyes are just six days away from their College Football Playoff semifinal showdown against Clemson.
But before setting sail for Arizona, the program had a Christmas greeting to share. And it included a surprise cameo from the Buckeyes’ consensus All-American and Rimington Trophy-winning center.
In addition to dressing up as one of Santa’s little helpers, Ohio State center Pat Elflein has also helped lead the Buckeyes’ rushing offense to a 258.33 yards per game average, the ninth-best in college football. Against the Tigers, Elflein and the other star of the Buckeyes’ Christmas video, All-American guard Billy Price, will have their hands full facing a Clemson defense that ranks second nationally in both sacks and tackles for loss.
“They have some pretty big boys up front,” Price said. “They’re athletic, they’re big, they’re strong, they’re fast. They’re everything Clemson is supposed to be.”
As for the video, it’s no secret Ohio State has upped the ante this season when it’s come to social media. The Buckeyes have put an increased emphasis on improving their Twitter and Snapchat accounts while creating content capable of going viral.
What some may not know, however, is that Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer first got the blueprint for a more social media-friendly program from his upcoming opponent.
“Clemson was the program that we really studied because I thought their social media approach to recruiting was No. 1 in the country,” Meyer said. “I like to study winners.”
Come New Year’s Eve, the battle between the Buckeyes and Tigers for college football supremacy will move from the internet to the football field.