Ohio State Buckeyes absent from Big Ten Media Days
July 28, 2022
For the first time since Ryan Day became the head coach of Ohio State, the team did not come to Big Ten Media Days as defending champions.
The expectations for the Ohio State football team are unlike those of other programs. The team was expected to win the entire Big Ten title and the national championship every year. However, last season, the team failed to accomplish the goal.
"I think the thing that's unique about Ohio State is every year, we're expected to win the whole thing," said Day Wednesday. "That's part of the deal here. A lot of times you go 11-2 and win the Rose Bowl, you say that's one heck of a season. Well, not around here. Our goal every year is to beat the Team Up North and win the Big Ten championship and win the national championship, and we didn't get those things last year."
Since the 43-year-old Day became the head coach of the Ohio State football team, he has faced many challenges. In his fourth year, the team lost starting quarterback C.J. Stroud. The team's weaknesses were exposed during losses to Michigan and Oregon and during the Rose Bowl against Utah. To address these issues, Day hired Jim Knowles, the defensive coordinator of Oklahoma State.
Ryan Day optimistic for Buckeyes
The expectations for the Ohio State football team are the same every year. Despite the team's roster changes, Day insisted this year's team was different from last year's. The team has a veteran quarterback returning and a new defensive scheme.
Day said that the team would not use excuses this season to avoid repeating the mistakes made last year. He was adamant this year's team was more experienced and had the necessary skills to win. One of the main reasons why the team has the scars on its back is because of how it lost last year's rivalry game.
The Ohio State football team will begin its season on September 3 against Notre Dame. This game will boost the players as they prepare for the season.
The game against Notre Dame will also give the players an extra boost as they prepare for the season. According to Day, it will allow them to play their best football when the season begins.
"It amplifies the preseason, for sure," said Day. "You know you have to play your best football right then and there. You can't take a game or two to find your footing, so that game is going to be amped up. It's going to be kind of a frenzy, and we know that, so preseason is going to be very important."
The schedule for Ohio includes some of the most challenging games in the country. Besides Notre Dame and Michigan, the team will face other prominent opponents such as Iowa, Penn State, and Wisconsin.
“Every time you play, you put it on the field,” Day said. “That's what's at stake, and you have to make sure you understand that when you show up every week.
"The thing that we're focused on this year is competitive stamina, being able to bring in week-in and week-out and play our best football at the end of the season.”