Skull Session: Ryan Day Holds His Team to a High Standard, Ohio State Football and Basketball Have Been Consistently Good Since 2010 and Marvin Harrison Jr. Snags Another Award

By Chase Brown on September 14, 2022 at 5:00 am
Ryan Day

College football is the best sport in the world.

I love the NFL, NBA, MLB, NHL and everything, but nothing tops college football.

Look no further than this short clip of Ohio State's three-overtime win against N.C. State in 2003, otherwise known as the quarterback duel of the century between Phillip Rivers and Craig Krenzel.

 NO TRIP-UPS HERE. After Ohio State's 45-12 win over Arkansas State, Ryan Day addressed his team in the locker room and spoke with the media before driving to his home, where he spent the rest of his day watching some other college football programs play their games.

Day saw Marshall take down Notre Dame, Appalachian State upset Texas A&M and Georgia Southern beat Nebraska. He thought it was entertaining. It also confirmed his belief that "anybody can beat anybody," and Ohio State is not exempt from that rule.

With an undefeated Toledo team visiting Columbus this weekend, Day said his team will need to perform at a high level to ensure they don't become the next biggest upset alert in the sport. He doesn't think that's too much to ask of his players. In fact, he believes playing at a high level is the minimum expectation.

"We are Ohio State," Day repeats again and again.

Ohio State doesn't lose non-conference games. Ohio State doesn't lose conference games. Ohio State doesn't lose in the Big Ten Championship. Ohio State doesn't lose in the College Football Playoff. Ohio State doesn't lose.

It's time for the Buckeyes to prove that on Saturday and every week this season until they lift a golden trophy above their head in Los Angeles on Jan. 9, 2023.

 DID YOU KNOW? Ohio State has been a model for consistency in college football since the program's inception in 1890, but the same hasn't always been said about the Buckeye basketball team.

We romanticize the early Fred Taylor years when Ohio State was a national title contender every season, hoisting a trophy in 1960 and claiming runner-up prizes the next two years. The 1999 Final Four team was fun with Michael Redd and Scoonie Penn, as was the 2007 squad with Greg Oden and Mike Conley Jr. The Aaron Craft and Jared Sullinger years were a blast, too.

But all those tremendous highs were also met with immense lows – *coughs* the six-win 1995 team *coughs* or the six-win 1975 team. That's been the reality of Ohio State basketball. Sometimes, but not always, the Buckeyes are one of the best teams in college basketball.

However, Thad Matta and Chris Holtmann would like to speak with Buckeye Nation about the program's consistency since 2010. Combine those coaches' winning percentages with those of Jim Tressel, Luke Fickell, Urban Meyer and Ryan Day, and Ohio State athletic's money makers look pretty darn good.

That's right. The football and basketball teams have won almost three out of every four games (.744 percent) played in the last 12 years, which leads all Division I schools. The next closest competitor was San Diego State at .735 percent.

So remember this, Buckeye fans: Ohio State might not be a basketball school, but the hoopers excel at winning games.

 ABOUT ROUTE MAN MARV. At this point, we've discussed at length Marvin Harrison Jr.'s performance against Arkansas State. But I'm here to tell you that it hasn't been enough. That is mainly because I have news to deliver from the folks over at Pro Football Focus.

Yes, even the advanced statistics loved Route Man Marv's dominance over the Red Wolves. With seven catches, 184 yards and three touchdowns, Harrison received an 87.0 from PFF and was named to the website's offensive team of the week.

 OLYMPIC VILLAGE. Ohio State cross country runner Addie Engel earned U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) national athlete of the week honors on Monday for her performance at the Big Ten Preview in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

 SONG OF THE DAY. "So Long Honey" by CAAMP.

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