The Ohio State Buckeyes plan to “let it rip” against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish, and head coach Ryan Day is hearing criticism from the sidelines.
The No. 6 Ohio State Buckeyes played with emotion and will need to play with it if they want to beat the No. 9 Notre Dame Irish. Buckeyes head coach Ryan Day said on NBC that Ohio State had been preparing for this game “all year.”
“Our guys spent several days preparing,” Day said. “To be honest, in the last 48 hours we’ve had to hear a lot of comments from some people about this team. We’ve all heard it. It’s time to play games. “
Comments he could talk about could include those from former quarterback Brady Quinn, former linebacker Manti Te’o and former National Championship manager Lou Holtz. “There hasn’t been this much talent on the Notre Dame roster in a long time,” Quinn said on “The Zach Gelb Show” Wednesday. “I think they’re going to surprise a lot of people in Ohio. This team is very similar to Michigan in terms of team structure. “
Theo understands the test the Buckeyes present to the Fighting Irish, but believes in his alma mater.
“Ohio State has that brand, they have that name, and sometimes when you’re in a transition period, you don’t know if people are going to see the Ohio State brand and name and be intimidated by it, or if they’re going to come out and swing,” Theo said Thursday. on “The Pat McAfee Show.” “I’ve no doubt they’ll rock there.”
Then Holtz put down his hat and called out Ohio State’s physicality and Day himself.
“Look at Coach Day,” Holtz said Friday on “The Pat McPhee Show.” “He lost twice to Alabama, Georgia, Clemson and Michigan, and they all beat him because they were more physical than Ohio State.
“Forget who we’re playing against. You are sending this message to The Ohio State University. You tell them they better bring lunch because it’s going to be a full day’s work. “