Ryan Day, Ohio State Focused on Beating Maryland, Not Tuesday's Initial College Football Playoff Rankings

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My Dad Is A Wolverine But I'm A Buckeye's picture

I am a big fan of the humility that Coach Day is harping on as it pertains to the mentality of the team. You can tell each week that they are HUNGRY for winning. What's even more impressive is how he and his staff have fine tuned that fire. Despite not starting so hot each week, they take their time, settle in, adjust to the other team, and then just blast them with a sledgehammer. If they are able to keep that formula, there is nobody that can hang with us. Go Buckeyes, beat TTUN!

Number 1 rule in life: always beat That Team Up North. 

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Yoda888's picture

Plus, as a first-year HC, you do bring something "different" and "exciting", so your message does resonate a bit louder.  The challenge becomes how do you keep it fresh, engaging, and motivating for your players.  Even the messenger tunes out if he delivers the same message over and over again.

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Hovenaut's picture

Focus on what's really important, and the rest will fall into place.

Hindsight is, and in, 2020

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Defiance's picture

“When you're undefeated at this point in the season, they're all big,” Day said. “If you don't think they're big, try losing one. See how that goes. They're all big. So we got to stay locked in on today's practice, we got to stay locked in on this week, and then we go from there.”

Spoken like a coach who has lived through both the Iowa and Purdue debacles and wants no part in repeating those lessons! I wasn't 100% sure what to think when UFM handed the proverbial whistle to Coach Day but thus far, he has nothing short of exceed my expectations. I love what he has done with the coaches all the way down!! 

"Defiance in Silence" 

Shhhh

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MeatBichigan's picture

"If you don't think they're big, try losing one," is an incredible quote. I couldn't not approve more of the job Ryan Day has done this season.

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Yoda888's picture

old wounds...

it's challenging to keep everyone locked in and motivated week-in and week-out.  especially when you're playing such a "weaker" opponent.  human nature takes over.  But that's where as a coach, you have got to demonstrate your worth and the millions you're getting paid.  keep your players dialed-in and ready to go, no matter who you're gonna play.

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BucMan's picture

There's more common sense and insight in this article than all the bickering I read about earlier as to what was more important, beating ttun or winning the nc.  Do what this man says....we'll get there.

Year for what?

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Citrus's picture

Meyer's team seemed more emotional. This team just gets to work. BTW def not a knock on Meyer. Just seems different. I think JK Dobbins best represents my feelings about this Buckeye team--his body language seems the same regardless of whether he gains 1 yard or 80. He just puts his head down and goes hard on the next play. Its been impressive.

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Doc's picture

Just. Keep. Winning.

“Ain’t life grand when you finally hit it!”  DLR

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Major H's picture

One week at a time. It is hard to ignore 13-0.

I'd rather be an hour early than a minute late.

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Sunny Buck's picture

That's right Major. Maryland is our biggest challenge because they are our next challenge.

I'm not trying to win a popularity contest. I'm trying to win football games-- Woody Hayes

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Vabuck213's picture

Maybe not the place for coach but this is an internet forum so what the heck, make it 8 teams. Each Power 5 conference champion, the highest ranked group of 5 and then two wildcards. So in that situation you could have Alabama, OSU, Clemson, Oklahoma, Oregon, LSU Penn St. and then somebody like Cincy, Boise St, Memphis or SMU. Maybe you put a caveat for the Group of 5 team where it has to be ranked in the top 10 or 15, if not then a third wildcard. That would be awesome. FCS has a 24 team playoff, don't tell me FBS cant have an 8 team playoff with 20 more scholarship players. The New Year's Six bowls are the first six games so they can keep their importance for whatever reason. The semi finals would rotate between those six and then the national championship rotates cities like it does currently. 

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Extramedium's picture

It would be nice in a perfect world, but it's completely unfair to grant auto-invites to conference champions since there are conferences like the PAC12 and ACC out there. Unless there is more parity between conferences and they all play an equal number of conference games, it's meaningless in the grand scheme of things to be the best team in a conference full of cupcakes.  There could be 3 Big Ten or SEC teams better than the champ of the PAC12 some seasons.

There's also no reason to put in teams like Cincy, Boise St, Memphis or SMU when there are usually 10-15 better, more talented and more deserving teams that play much tougher schedules.  

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BlockO's picture

It could work with the caveat that teams cannot play more than one fcs opponent and conference champs only get automatic bids if they have 11 wins. If the conference champ does not get to 11 wins in regular season then they will get put in a bag along with the at large teams for the committee to choose. Also, the top 4 seeds should have first round games on campus with the semi finals and championship being bid on by bowls.

"faith seeking understanding” (fides quaerens intellectum)

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Vabuck213's picture

I think that in most every year there are probably not 3 teams better than the best team in each of those conferences. Pac 12 has probably been the weakest in the past few years and their conference champion has been a top5-8 team every year. The ACC champion has been in every single playoff as is so they would most likely be included in a top 8 as well. 

And you are right, as is there is no need to have one of those Group 5 teams in there but if we get to the end of the season and Cincy's only loss is a road loss to OSU I bet they will be top 10 and be trying to make an argument as to why they should be in. That's why I included that caveat though cause if one of those teams has 2 or more losses, based on their schedule they don't deserve it but also because of that they most likely wont be in a top 10/15 ranking. If they're undefeated or one loss to a good power 5 team, why not? Crazier things have happened. UCF beat Auburn, Boise regularly beats Power 5 teams and Memphis or Houston could easily as well with the right coaches/players. 

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BucksHave7's picture

Go Get em Coach!!!!!  Keep us focused and healthy.  This is one heck of a special HC!

We’re running the table!

BucksHave7

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Buctor's picture

Just nit pick.  The first release does matter.  If you are not in the top four, you no longer control your own destiny.

Beat everyone, in every sport, all the time!!!

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Extramedium's picture

Technically you never control your own destiny when a committee of semi-experts decides who gets in.  There's no guarantee the top 4 remains the top 4 even if they never lose another game.  TCU fans know all about that 

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Lighteyes's picture

I mean, in this year, if Ohio State wins out and is 13-0, they're in, so it really doesn't - no 13-0 major conference champ is getting left out for a one-loss team even from the vaunted SEC. 

But most years, you're right that the first ranking absolutely matters: It shows you what the committee is thinking and where they may be leaning. Last year, OSU was way down at #10, pretty much at the bottom of the one-loss major conference teams. Sure there were still games to play, but that low ranking was a clear and prophetic window into the committee's thinking: Ohio State was not a CFP caliber team and mentally behind Alabama, Clemson, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, and Georgia...which ended up remaining true even after Ohio State performed better in the last couple games against TTUN and Northwestern.

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ramiy63's picture

While I know all we need to do is keep winning, it never fails to irk me when the so-called experts claim that our schedule is the issue, when Alabama's big win appears to be against a Texas A&M team that is ranked where it is ranked only because it's now in the SEC (I know, I know. SEC). I wish the playoffs were the winners of the conferences. If the powers that be (including the league commissioners) really want to put butts in the seats and for games to matter throughout the year (not to mention taking the guesswork and speculation out of it), that's what they would do. But, what do I know?  ***PS - Hypothetical theory: LSU beats Bama, then Georgia beats LSU in the SEC Championship game, leaving three one-loss SEC teams. All three make the playoffs along with Clemson, leaving a 12-0 B1G champion out (as well as possibly a one loss PAC12 champ out)...

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Hateblue's picture

I actually don’t believe they would leave an undefeated B1G champ out. When you consider how bad Alabama’s strength of schedule is, and how some signature wins for LSU like Texas may not end up so signature, it would be foolish to do that. And there isn’t really a good argument for it either. OSU would have defeated presumably 4 top 25 teams..and didn’t play an FCS school the second to last game of the season. 

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Sunny Buck's picture

Maryland, Rutgers, Penn State and that other team. That's enough to be concerned about right now. Let them play their rankings game. Coach Day is focused on Ohio State's destiny being in their own hands. Justin Fields also has just the right mindset. I believe our team is being led in the right direction.

Go Buckeyes!

I'm not trying to win a popularity contest. I'm trying to win football games-- Woody Hayes

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0H-10's picture

I'm glad to read it...I really do not care either. Media is media. Hyped and histrionic. Just don't care at this juncture, for the opinions of idiots and talking heads..

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TresselforPres's picture

If Day wins a championship coming off of the drama-filled last year and the fact that this is his first full season, he is the god damn man

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Ortonhallalumni's picture

As they say, it doesnt matter where you start it's where you finish...especially if we finish like we started!!

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redmia's picture

Committee - I hate the word when it comes to making a correct decision. It sounds political and it IS political. I actually liked the end of season as it was before when the bowls decided who to invite. What works is the NCAA basketball 64 teams plus some play-in teams.

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Buck298's picture

Maryland. 

Send the Earth Reverberating

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libera's picture

Weekly rankings were only important prior to 1998 and the BCS era as it was the pollsters who were the ones who determined who the national champion was going to be. Since then, the only poll that matters is the last one. The rest during the season is only to give a 7 day bragging right to certain fans. I will get excited only after the last league championship game is played and the only poll that matters will be the last one two days later. Win and the Bucks are in, lose and let the arguments begin.

libera

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Nikkibucksfan's picture

Keep the guys laser focused coach!

Nikki emmerson

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