Ohio State football’s visit to SoCal is in full swing out in Pasadena as the team prepares to play in the Rose Bowl on Saturday. Yesterday we got some video and pictures of the Buckeyes at Disneyland in Anaheim, and today, assistant coach Matt Barnes and some of the defensive players were made available for a media session in downtown Los Angeles.

What we do know, is that change is afoot on the defensive side of the ball with former Oklahoma State defensive coordinator Jim Knowles hired to plug some leaks that sprung on the defense his year. That will without a doubt impact Matt Barnes who has been the main defensive play caller ever since changes were made a couple of games in because of some suspect play on that side of the ball.

In case you missed any of what was said by Barnes who seems to have a real affinity for Ohio State and Columbus, we’ve got the transcripts of the wide-ranging media session from Tuesday in downtown L.A.

On how the defense has looked the last couple of weeks

Q. Matt, how’s the defense look in practice over the last few weeks? I know a few of the guys talked about being challenged by some of the comments coming out of the game, the toughest level, physicality, and all of that. What have you seen over the last few weeks?

MATT BARNES: I think our guys have responded. You push our guys up against a wall, and they’re competitive. They know what they have to do, and I think we’ve had a good couple of weeks of practice going into the holiday.
Had a good one yesterday. Looking forward to physical, fast, competitive day today.

On what he and the staff feel went wrong against Michigan

Q. When the defensive staff looked at what happened in the big house, what did you see as the common theme there?

MATT BARNES: Just playing with a chip on our shoulder, playing with great energy. Those are big…

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