On Friday, Utah head coach Kyle Whittingham and Ohio State head coach Ryan Day met with reporters one final time before their teams square off against each other.

On Saturday, the Rose Bowl trophy is on the line.

The 11th-ranked Utes (10-3) will battle the 6th-ranked Buckeyes (10-2) in a matchup that’ll feature some of the game’s best players. On the Utah side, linebacker Devin Lloyd has stolen the spotlight during the run up to the game. For Ohio State, there will be players missing due to opt-outs, but the deadly freshmen backfield of quarterback CJ Stroud and running back TreVeyon Henderson should make for great theater when the Utes have their defense on the field.

Strength on strength. There are intriguing matchups all over the field.

And, fortunately, it seems we’re on pace to see them no problems. While COVID-19 issues have derailed other bowl games across the country this postseason, both coaches expressed confidence on Friday that they’ll be fully ready to roll when kickoff draws near on Saturday.

Here’s everything else that was said: