While the Big Ten is assembling a plan to hopefully play in the winter season or spring, thats far from guaranteed. Even if the Big Ten is able to play football throughout the spring term, that might not feature a chance to complete for a nationwide champion; that will depend, in part, on whether the ACC, Big 12 and SEC have the ability to follow through on their existing plans to play in the fall or if they also end up punting to 2021.
” Ill get emotional if I start thinking of it,” Day stated Wednesday. “What I said to the group recently is the reality: As a gamer, you work your whole life and as a coach, you work your entire life for an opportunity to coach a team like this. This group is unique. Its special since its talented. Its special due to the fact that it has leadership. Because of the character, its unique. It could have been in an unique team.
Fields had a comparable sensation about this years group.
” Certainly the team last year Ill always remember. It was the very first time as a head coach, and what they did was remarkable, but there was just something about this team that had it. It had it. They returned starving after their last game on the field. They were figured out. And this quarantine, this virus was not going to get in their way.”
Wades daddy, Randy, told ESPNs Marty Smith on Thursday that his kid is “not playing in the spring,” likely leaving the Buckeyes without their most significant star on defense, too. A lot of the Buckeyes other upperclassmen who also have an opportunity to be 2021 NFL draft picks, like Olave and best guard Wyatt Davis to name a few, will require to weigh their choices, as well.
Thats the question Ohio State football players, coaches and fans will be asking themselves for weeks, months and most likely years to come after the Buckeyes lost the opportunity to play this fall.
” This group is unique. Its unique due to the fact that its talented. Its unique due to the fact that it has leadership. Because of the character, its unique. It could have been in an unique group”– Ryan Day on the 2020 Ohio State football team.
Even after winning 13 video games in his first year as a head coach, Day believed this years Ohio State team had a possibility to be even better, which makes the heartbreak of being unable to play this fall that far more profound.
The Buckeyes offense had the possible to be the very best in the country, led by Heisman Trophy frontrunner Justin Fields, a star-studded offending line, 2 exceptional receivers in Chris Olave and Garrett Wilson and an interesting graduate transfer running back in Trey Sermon. Ohio States defense was less of a certainty, but the Buckeyes still had no lack of talent on that side of the ball, consisting of one of the countrys best protective backs in Shaun Wade, 7 upperclassman linebackers and lots of potential breakout stars like Zach Harrison, Tommy Togiai, Josh Proctor and Sevyn Banks.
Now, though, that opportunity has been taken off the table for this years Ohio State group– a minimum of for the fall, and rather potentially for great.
On paper, Ohio State appeared to clearly have one of the 3 finest teams in college football entering into the 2020 season, along with Alabama and Clemson. Prior To the Big Ten canceled its fall sports and sportsbooks took college football chances off the board completely, most oddsmakers gave Ohio State the second-best chances behind Clemson to win the championship game.
While no Ohio State players have actually openly pulled out of a potential spring season yet, it would come as a surprise to a lot of if Fields plays, provided that hes currently developed as a top prospect for the 2021 NFL draft. If Fields makes what lots of would think about to be a clever business choice by avoiding the spring and moving his full focus to getting ready for the NFL, Ohio States next season will be played with an unverified quarterback whos never ever begun a game before.
And even if every conference winds up playing in the winter to early spring and the College Football Playoff is moved appropriately– now the best-case situation for Ohio State if its to play any football in the next 12 months– its still unlikely well ever get to see the complete 2020 Ohio State roster take the field for a video game.
Ohio State wasnt just loaded with possible star gamers, it was likewise loaded with great management– Ryan Day said the Buckeyes “probably could have had 11 or 12 captains”– and was as inspired as ever to chase a title after its heartbreaking College Football Playoff semifinal loss to Clemson last year.
” Of course, team-wise, we wish to very first begin with beating the collaborate north and winning a Big Ten champion, then we wish to go on to win the very first championship game and win the championship game. So I believe those are what the teams focused on many right now, and actually, were just getting better each and every day,” Fields said recently prior to the season was held off. “I believe we all see the chance we have on the table in regards to coming back and being able to complete and play for a championship game.”
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” Once-in-a-lifetime” might be embellishment, and its simpler to say a team could have won the nationwide championship when youll never be shown incorrect. Even the highest of expectations seemed to be within this Ohio State teams practical reach, and thats what makes the Big Tens choice to shut things down so hard to accept, even though Day is going to attempt to keep his gamers looking towards the future rather than house on what theyve lost.
“What I stated to the team the other day is the truth: As a gamer, you work your whole life and as a coach, you work your entire life for an opportunity to coach a team like this.” Certainly the team last year Ill never ever forget. “I believe we all see the chance we have on the table in terms of coming back and being able to compete and play for a nationwide championship.”
” Its going to be tough for a great deal of people, theres no question. It hurts,” Day said. “They seem like theyve had something eliminated from them. But at the very same time, were really getting this thing focused on whats next.”
As skilled as Ohio State is, the Buckeyes will be a competitor for whatever theyre able to contend for whenever theyre able to play video games next. Even if they lose significant players, theyll still have plenty of four- and first-class recruits– potentially including early enrollees from the recruiting class of 2021 even if they play in the spring– who are eager to be the next guy up.
However even under the very best of situations, a shortened season played in the second half of the scholastic year isnt going to be the same as a complete season with a full roster played in the fall. And knowing what that season may have ended up being makes it that a lot more painful for everybody in the Ohio State football program and its fans to have that season took away.
” This team is unique.– Ryan Day on the 2020 Ohio State football group.