I think people worry too much. I could not get the link to work, but the reason one team wins or loses is not because the other side talks trash to public in some form. There is trash talking among the team all of the time. We, at least here, like the professional demenor but Fields did not promise a win, not by my understanding. He was saying his desire to beat them badly. Who are we to tell him how to feel when we all agree.
These things just end up being self-fulfilling prophecies at some point. Somebody has worry in a given year about event x. The event may shift from year to year but they are right eventually and then it becomes some doom sayer thing that everybody remembers.
The game will be decided by play on the field.
Honestly, with the schedules I am more worried about the games after Michigan. OSU is used to throwing everything they have into that game, being at the end of the year. At most there was the Big Ten title game after that, but this year has three other regular season games with Maryland, PSU and Iowa.
I think they do just fine, but it will for sure be different for everybody. Yeah it is Maryland, but they could and have put scares in there if OSU does not take the game seriously or is exhausted emotionally from the previous week. Day will have them ready but a minor worry.