3. Q: Can Ryan Day really be reasonably expected to do THAT right away?
No, but … win 12 games a year, win the Big Ten title, at least flirt with the College Football Playoff, beat Michigan – not necessarily in that order.
Welcome to the full-time Ohio State head coaching gig, Ryan Day. Just win everything.
He’s got the most talented team in the league, he’s got the infrastructure. he’s got the support, and he’s got the most unfair expectations possible heaped on his shoulders.
Hey, just be another Lincoln Riley – you know, the young innovative head coach who replaced an all-time legend who left a superpower too early. There’s your comp – easy peasy.
Fortunately for Day, he really does have the talent in place.
RB JK Dobbins should go off behind a fantastic-looking offensive line. The receiving corps is unfairly deep and good, and Justin Fields – speaking of pressure and expectations – was considered by the various services to be either a better prospect than Trevor Lawrence or No. 1A after signing at Georgia last offseason.
The defense has to be a whole lot better, but the NFL is going to spend the next decade paying current Buckeye defenders a whole lot of money.
Day will get a very, very, teeny-tiny, itty-bitty free pass this year. No one with a rational brain will expect him to be another Urban Meyer – or Lincoln Riley – and there really are a whole slew of excellent Big Ten teams to deal with on a challenging schedule.
With that said …
Ryan, win 12 games, win the Big Ten title, at least flirt with the College Football Playoff, beat Michigan – not necessarily in that order.