Press Coverage: Ohio State Headed to Cotton Bowl, Ryan Day Noncommittal on Kyle McCord's Future, OSU Preparing for Transfer Portal Season

By Dan Hope and Andy Anders on December 3, 2023 at 5:11 pm

Ohio State is playing in the Cotton Bowl, but that was just one of the topics discussed in Ryan Day’s press conference on Sunday.

The Buckeyes will face Missouri in the Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic on Dec. 29 in Arlington, Texas, the first time they've appeared in that New Year's Six staple since 2017. While OSU would rather be in the College Football Playoff, Day said the Buckeyes "know we have a great opponent and a great venue" when referring to Missouri and AT&T Stadium. 

But Sunday was also the first time Ryan Day spoke publicly since OSU's 30-24 loss to Michigan on Nov. 25. Most notably, Day was noncommittal to Kyle McCord as the team's future starting quarterback, leaving open the possibility that Devin Brown or Lincoln Kienholz could even play in the Cotton Bowl depending on how bowl practice goes. 

The transfer portal was also a popular topic of discussion on Sunday. With the transfer portal opening Monday, Day knows attrition on his roster is inevitable, with Evan Pryor, Omari Abor, Cameron Martinez and Victor Cutler already announcing their intentions to play elsewhere next season. Just how active OSU is in the transfer portal could depend on how many other players decide to transfer, but Day said he expects there to be plenty of movement in the portal based on the current state of college football.

"You have to construct your roster on a yearly basis and that's what we're going to do," Day said Sunday.

Eleven Warriors' Dan Hope and Andy Anders break down Ryan Day's comments on McCord and the transfer portal and take a brief look ahead to Ohio State's Cotton Bowl matchup with Missouri in the bowl season’s first episode of Press Coverage.

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