Skull Session: Ryan Day's Mission Accomplished, Ohio State's Talent Advantage and the Big Ten's Rough Weekend

By Kevin Harrish on September 17, 2018 at 4:59 am
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It was far from pretty, but the Bucks are 3-0 with a top-15 win under their belt, and now one of the top coaches in all of college football reclaims his throne in Buckeye kingdom.

Also, I'll be thinking about this forever:


Word of the Day: Churlish.

 MISSION ACCOMPLISHED. Ryan Day's task was clear when he took over as acting Ohio State head coach – get the team to 3-0, then hand the keys back to Urban Meyer.

A few weeks later, Day accomplished his mission. The Buckeyes are 3-0, and Meyer is back in the drivers seat.

From Doug Lesmerises of

Having tied Alexander Lilley for 23rd on Ohio State's list of coaching victories, 3-0 Ryan Day could drop the mic on his head coaching career and vow at age 39 to dedicate himself to a life of coordinator-dom to protect his perfect record as a head coach.

Will you consider retiring, Ryan Day?

"Sure," Day said Saturday night.


"I do feel a little bit of relief right now after that game and, you know, the past few weeks," Day said. "But I got so much help from these players and from the coaching staff, (coordinators) Kevin Wilson and Greg Schiano.

"What Greg Schiano has done for me in the last month is something I'll never forget. He is the classiest person I've ever been around in the coaching profession. The way he's handled himself, helping me along the way, counseling me on day-to-day stuff. And just the way the defense played today, I couldn't have been happier for him and that defense. So, yeah, a little bit of relief, but still got a long way to go here."

I'll be honest, things ran so smoothly with Day at the helm, there were times I forgot Ohio State was rolling with an interim coach. Everything seemed normal, and Day seemed to enjoy being in that position.

That said, I'll gladly welcome back one of just four active head coaches to ever win a national title.

Dwayne Knows.

 OUTCOACHED AND OUTSCHEMED? Ohio State notched a top-15 win over one of the 

This #take gives me such a weird feeling, because I think he's mostly right, but it's not like Ohio State was completely unprepared and relied solely on the skill of its players to win the game – I lived through the 2015 season, I know what that looks like.

Gary Patterson was ready for this game, had an absolutely perfect game plan, and managed to keep things much closer for much longer than anybody with such a talent disparity should. I tip the cap there.

But the Buckeyes still put up 40 points and over 500 yards of total offense on the defensive guru while not turning the ball over once and forcing three turnovers on the other end. I get where he's coming from, but you don't beat a top-15 team by two scores by being completely outcoached and outschemed for most of the game.

Ohio State's got some stuff to work on and made some mistakes to allow the game to be closer than it should, but that take just seems a little off-base.

 BIG TEN'S GIGANTIC DEFECATION. Reiterating from last week, I really don't care how atrocious the Big Ten is across the board if the Buckeyes cake walk through the conference and punch a ticket to the College Football Playoff.

That said, holy hell, get it together. This is just embarrassing.

Honestly, I'm surprised it wasn't worse.

I wouldn't have even blinked if you would have told me Northern Iowa dumped Iowa, Miami (OH) blasted Minnesota, or Ball State drilled Indiana. And for a hot second, I thought Kent State was going to run with Penn State.

But like I said, as long as Ohio State obliterates the carrion that is the Big Ten Conference, there shouldn't be an issue. Nobody's going to doubt an undefeated Buckeye team's talent, especially after they handled TCU.

 GAME-CLINCHING TARGETING. San Diego State found a glitch in the NCAA's targeting rule, and used it to win a game against Arizona State.

Down seven with seconds to go, the Sun Devils appeared to complete a hail mary despite an absolutely reckless hit from San Diego State, which would have given them the ball at the two-yard line with six seconds remaining.

After review though, not only was the defender ejected for targeting, but the pass was ruled incomplete because the hit successfully dislodged the ball. Instead of one last shot from the two-yard line, Arizona State was awarded a 15-yard penalty, and got the ball at the 35.

So effectively, the defensive back won his team the game by using his body as a missile aimed at the head of a defenseless receiver. It's like Luis Suarez's game-saving handball in the 2010 World Cup, but more violent.

San Diego State's response to the events: Shade.

 HOPSON STILL HAS HOPS. Ohio State's all-time leading scorer on the hardwood, Dennis Hopson, wants you all to know he's still got hops, even at age 53.

As someone who has never given any real consideration to the idea of actually living for 53 years, I find this especially impressive.

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