Ryan Day Says Buckeyes Are “Really, Really Excited” About Likely College Football Playoff Berth: “There’s Been A Whole Swing in the Program Here in the Last 24 Hours”

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Ryan Day had reason to smile on Saturday morning.

After a dismal week in Columbus following Ohio State’s loss to Michigan last Saturday, the Buckeyes got some good news Friday night as USC lost to Utah in the Pac-12 Championship Game, putting the Buckeyes back in the top four of the College Football Playoff. ended up. rankings on Sunday, when this year’s playoff field is determined.

Appearing on ESPN’s College GameDay on Saturday morning, Day said “there’s a lot of excitement” within the program about getting the chance to compete for a national championship.

“When you go through a few days where you think maybe your whole season is over, and all of a sudden you start to build up hope and then you start to see the opportunity where everything is right in front of you, it’s almost like a second.” breathe life into it,” Day said. “So we are very excited. There’s been a complete turnaround in the entire program here in the last 24 hours.

“The boys texted last night. Really very excited. So there’s definitely been a big swing in the whole program. And so there’s a lot of excitement right now. And you get the chance to play in this. You are two games away from a National Championship after feeling like your entire season was over a few days ago.

Day said he missed the first half of Friday night’s game because he was driving back from Cincinnati, where he made home recruiting visits with forwards Austin Siereveld and Joshua Padilla. However, he watched the second half and was certainly pleased with the way it unfolded as Utah outscored USC 30-7 in the final two quarters.

“I have to give Kyle (Whittingham) a lot of credit, I thought Utah played really, really well there in the second half,” said Day. “And our guys were really looking for an opportunity to finish this season the right way, and I think that opportunity is now in front of us.”

If Ohio State is going to capitalize on its berth in the College Football Playoff and make a run at a national championship, it’s going to have to play better than against Michigan, as the Buckeyes were on the wrong side of a second-half blowout in The Game because they were outscored 28-3 in the last two quarters. Day says the Buckeyes recognize that and have been quick to return to work over the past week, practicing on Wednesdays and Thursdays in preparation for a potential playoff opportunity.

“There are no excuses for that,” Day said when asked about the Michigan game. “But I know that as we move forward, we’re going to play loose, we’re going to be aggressive and attack people. And there can’t be anyone moving forward in our program who is under pressure or feeling pressure. We’re just going to roll and I think we’re going to have a dangerous team can be in the playoffs.”

With the Buckeyes facing the possibility of a rematch with Michigan in the CFP, Day said he reminded his team of what happened in last year’s CFP, when Georgia beat Alabama in the national championship game after losing to Alabama in the SEC Championship game.

“There have been things in the past where teams could unite,” Day said. “And so we spent our time focusing on the things we didn’t do well, but by the end of the week we were looking ahead, and now we’re really looking ahead.”


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Christopher Brito is a social media producer and trending writer for The Valley Voice, with a focus on sports and stories related to race and culture.

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