A few days before kickoff and we officially have our first trash talk of the week.
Oklahoma backup quarterback Austin Kendall had some less than flattering things to say about Ohio State's defense during his appearance on SoonerSports.
The redshirt freshman was asked what stands out about the Buckeye defense, and he was not quick to give praise.
"I think they have a really basic defense," said Kendall. "Baker (Mayfield) – he'll light them up. I'm really looking forward to it, and if my number's called, I think I can do the same."
Strong words about a defense who hasn't surrendered a touchdown and from a man who likely won't see the field Saturday (or a television studio in the near future).
And as reader SM_Chi notes in the comments below, Kendall's parents are from Worthington, just six miles from Ohio State's main campus and were huge Ohio State fans until last spring. Kendall's father, Brian, attended the Buckeyes' last three national championship games, including the Bucks' College Football Playoff championship victory over Oregon in 2015.
It also would appear the apple does not fall far from the tree:
Every Saturday I wear my Ohio State shirts #OSU— Austin Kendall (@A_Kendall11) September 8, 2012
Ohio State #doingwork— Austin Kendall (@A_Kendall11) March 23, 2012
Ohio state on top on the recruiting!— Austin Kendall (@A_Kendall11) February 6, 2013
Ohio state Top ten #1— Austin Kendall (@A_Kendall11) September 2, 2012
Urban Meyer said on his call-in show that "if [Kendall] said that, our coaches will probably use it [as bulletin board material]."
No. 3 Ohio State faces No. 14 Oklahoma Saturday night at 7 p.m. on FOX.