FRISCO, Texas -- The Ohio football team arrived in Texas on Saturday (Dec. 15) afternoon for the 2018 DXL Frisco Bowl. The Bobcats (8-4) are set to compete against San Diego State (7-5) on Wednesday (Dec. 19). Kickoff is scheduled for 8 p.m. ET/7 p.m. CT at Toyota Stadium in Frisco, Texas, and the contest will be nationally televised on ESPN.
Ohio's day began with a late morning departure from Peden Stadium in Athens, and the Bobcats touched down in Dallas a little before 3 p.m. CT. After checking in to the team hotel, it was off to Toyota Stadium for the bowl's welcome dinner. The team got a taste of Texas with some Rudy's Bar-B-Q and received cowboy hats from Justin Boots. After chowing down, the Bobcats have the opportunity to browse the gift suite and pick out some bowl goodies.
For redshirt senior defensive lineman Kent Berger, the opportunity to experience a bowl never gets old.
"I'm very thankful. I've been lucky enough to go to four bowls," said Berger. "To get to see different places across this country as well as internationally in the Bahamas is a great experience. It was just a great, warm welcome today. It was a nice meal. They fed us up, got us our cowboy hats. I think everyone is pretty happy right now and getting settled in down here and getting ready to play."
Berger has the opportunity to help Ohio deliver back-to-back bowl wins for the second time in program history.
"It would mean a lot to me," said Berger. "Just finishing on a win for my teammates and the coaching staff would be a great way to go out."
Berger, who is a native of Mentor, Ohio, is making his first-ever trip to Texas, and he reported that the bar-b-q in the Lonestar State lived up to the hype.
"Aw, it was delicious," said Berger. "The brisket was falling apart, which is just what I need. The sausage was great, and the pulled pork was gone faster than I could get my seconds on. Obviously, everyone liked the pulled pork."
Stay tuned to OhioBobcats.com for more coverage of Ohio's trip to the 2018 DXL Frisco Bowl throughout the week. Ohio is set to take the practice field for the first time at Toyota Stadium on Sunday (Dec. 16) morning.