That’s the question Ohio State football players, coaches and fans will ask themselves for weeks, months and possibly years after Buckeyes lost their chance to play this fall. .
On paper, the State of Ohio clearly has one of the three best teams in college football that will attend the 2020 season, alongside Alabama and Clemson. Before the Big Ten cancels fall sports and sports books eliminate college football odds entirely, most odds providers gave Ohio State the second best odds behind Clemson. to win the national championship.
The Buckeyes attack has the potential to be the best in the country, led by Justin Fields, the lead of the Heisman Trophy, a well-known attacker, two excellent catchers Chris Olave and Garrett Wilson and one. Attractive graduate transfer is going on in Trey Sermon. Ohio State̵7;s defense is less solid, but Buckeyes still has no shortage of talent on that surface, including one of the nation’s best defenders at Shaun Wade, seven senior defenders and many potential stars. like Zach Harrison. , Tommy Togiai, Josh Proctor and Sevyn Banks.
The state of Ohio not only has potential star players, it also has great leadership – Ryan Day said Buckeyes “maybe have 11 or 12 captains” – and has always had the motivation to pursue one. its heartbreaking postgraduate title Loss of Playoff semi-final against Clemson last year.
Even having won 13 games in his first year as head coach, Day still thinks the Ohio State team this year has a chance to get better, which is painful for not being able to play this fall. becomes much deeper.
“I would be thrilled if I started thinking about it,” Day said Wednesday. “What I told the team the day before is true: As a player, you work your whole life and as a coach, you work all your life to get the chance to coach a team like this. This team is special. It’s special because it’s talented. It’s special because it has leadership. It’s special because of the character. It can be on the team once in a lifetime.
“I will definitely never forget last year the team. This was their first time as a head coach, and what they did was great, but something about this team did it. It already has it. They were hungry again after their last game on the field. They made up their mind. And this isolation, this virus will not be able to stop them. ”
Fields felt similarly about the team this year.
“Of course, according to the wise team, we want to start by beating the northern team and winning the Big Ten, then we want to continue to win the first playoff and win the league championship. family. So I think that’s what the team is most focused on right now and indeed, we’re improving day by day, ”Fields said last week before the season was postponed. “I think we all see the opportunities we have on the board when we come back and be able to play and compete for the national championship.”
“This team is special. It’s special because it’s talented. It’s special because it has leadership. It’s special because of the character. It can be in a football team for only once in a lifetime. “– Ryan Day of the Ohio State Football Team 2020
Now, however, that opportunity is gone for this year’s Ohio State team – at least in the fall, and quite possibly well.
While the Big Ten is planning to hopefully play in winter or spring, that is not yet certain. Even if the Big Ten can play football during the spring semester, that may not come with a chance of competing for the national championship; That will depend in part on whether the ACC, Big 12 and the SEC can follow their current plan to play in the fall or whether they will end up joining in 2021.
And even if every convention ends in winter to early spring and the College Football League moves accordingly – now is the best situation for the State of Ohio if it will play any ball in the next 12 months. – It is still unlikely that we will ever see the full list of the State of Ohio in 2020 that will play.
While no Ohio State player has publicly opted out of a potential spring season, it would be a surprise for most if Fields were to play, as he has been seen as a promising prospect. If Fields makes what many consider a business smart decision by skipping spring and shifting its full focus to preparing for the NFL, then the next season of The state of Ohio will be played with an unproven midfielder who has never played before.
Wade’s father, Randy, told ESPN’s Marty Smith on Thursday that his son “did not play in the spring”, would most likely leave Buckeyes without their biggest star in the defense. Many other Buckeyes seniors, who also have a chance of becoming the 2021 NFL draft option, like Olave and right-defender Wyatt Davis among others, will also need to weigh their options.
Talents like the State of Ohio, Buckeyes will be contenders for whatever they can compete with whenever they can play their next game. Even if they lose their key players, they will still have plenty of 4 and 5 star rookies – possibly including early signers from the 2021 intake even if they play in the spring. – people who are eager to be the next.
But even in the best cases, a shortened season going on in the second half of the school year won’t look like a full season with a full roster in the fall. And knowing what that season could turn out to make everyone on the Ohio State football show and the fans of the Ohio state soccer show and its fans feel much more pain when That season was eliminated.
“Once in a lifetime” can be an exaggeration, and it’s easier to say that a team can win a league championship when you’re never proven wrong. But even the highest expectations seem to be within the real possibilities of this Ohio State team, and that’s what makes the Big Ten’s decision to shut things down so unacceptable, despite Day’s efforts. keep their players looking to the future rather than living on what they’ve lost.
“It will be difficult for a lot of people, there is nothing to question. It hurts, ”Day said. “They felt as if they had lost something. But at the same time, we’re really focused on the next thing. ”