No team has taken a more unusual route to the College Football Playoff this year than Ohio State.
While each college football team was affected by the COVID-19 epidemic this year, the other three playoff teams (Alabama, Clemson and Notre Dame) have to start their seasons at least in September and play 10 regular-season games met. Ohio State didn’t start its season until the end of October, and only got five regular-season games to play.
Bakye almost didn’t get that either. Initially, the Big Ten opted to postpone the football season to spring, which prevented Ohio State from competing for CFP. Many of the Buckeyes star players had hoped that the spring season would also end, as well as Ryan Day to explain how the 2020 Buckeyes “could be the team of a lifetime.”
Dey, his players and their parents kept fighting for their chance to play this season, and the Big Ten finally retaliated in September, announcing that its teams would play the eight-match regular season in October. Still, COVID-19 continues to have a major impact on the Buckeyes’ season, as three of their final five regular seasons were canceled – one due to an outbreak at Ohio State, with two teams out of Ohio State reason. To play – while Ohio State had more than 20 unavailable players for its final regular season game for both the Big Ten Championship game against Michigan State and Northwestern.
Many Ohio State players have tested positive for COVID-19 and have been forced to lose time during the season, forcing the Buckeyes to adjust to playing without key players without a stretch, even That they took extra precautions and the players were forced to sacrifice. – Not even getting to visit their families for Christmas – To try to limit positive matters within the program and to give themselves the best chance possible to achieve their goal of winning the national championship .
Although Ohio State may have chosen the easy path to the playoffs to win just six matches to secure its place in the four-team field, this season has not been easy for the Buckeyes, especially from a mental and emotional standpoint. He has struggled with unprecedented challenges to make it through the season.
But the Buckeyes continued to fight through all of this, winning their fourth straight Big Ten championship, giving themselves the chance to compete at the highest level of college football last week.
Knowing everything he had to endure to find this out, Ryan Day could not be the producer for his team, which he has described as a special group during the August season.
“It’s one of my favorite teams I’ve ever been around,” Dey said after the Big Ten championship game. “And maybe not because of what happens on the field all the time, but more importantly, just that this team is so tough. They have done a lot and they just don’t flare up. I cannot give enough credit to this team. ”
Even though Ohio State enters the CFP for the second consecutive year with an undefeated record, it is fair to say that the Buckeyes were not as dominant on the field as they were last season. But Dey does not want people to forget all the stops and start and they have to move out of the way to overcome the challenges.
Dey said, “From what times this team has gone through, I say it again and again, but I don’t know if anyone really listens.” “They started and did two spring drills and then they went into quarantine and they went for a long time. They come to the preseason camp and then they find out that the season is back, and a few days later they find out Is that the season has been canceled. Then for a month, they have no goals. They have nothing to work on for a month, until September 19. And they decided, no, we want to play Yes, we want to play safe, and they fought. They went public. They kept speaking.
“Then on October 24, we played in our first game. The virus, everyone in the north goes inside and the virus spreads. Because of that, we had to stay out of the games, we had to cancel the games, we had a tough time in all three stages. And then we join the (Big Ten Championship Game) and things might not be as good as they usually do and we find a way to fight back in the second half.
“In a world where it’s all about wins and defeats, this team has learned a lot this season, that’s why we’ve also started playing college football in the first place. That’s why we play And we started coaching, that’s how the growth of young men was seen. ”
This year Ohio State has had to withstand everything, winning its fourth straight Big Ten championship – and the chance to compete for a national championship – even more worthwhile for Bakay.
Dey believes that the lessons his players have learned through all the turmoil this year will not only benefit them, but they will be ready to play Clemson in next week’s Sugar Bowl, but for years. On the football field or other aspects of his life.
“Since March there have been a lot of life lessons about perseverance, about pain, about adversities, about ups and downs, about ups and downs, about work ethic, moments with myself, And I think when they are 10-20 years down the road and something similar comes to them, they will handle it like an adult, “Dey said of the team’s first canceled game against Maryland in November. Said the latter. “As hard as it is, I know they’re learning a lot. It’s certainly not easy, it’s not easy on their mental health. It’s been tough. But I know that we Coming out.
“This team is very tough. They have done a lot and they just don’t flare up. I cannot give enough credit to this team. “– Ryan Day at the 2020 Ohio State Buckeyes
Because the Buckeyes have had to do so much to achieve the CFP, it has given them more motivation to try to take advantage of the opportunity they have earned and to win the national championship all year round. Are trying .
“I want to make sure that we have something to show for this sacrifice that has been going on for the last few months, because it is amazing for me,” Dey said last week.
A lot of arguments have been made about whether Ohio State has played enough games to stay in the playoffs, but if the Buckeyes can beat Clemson and are then the winners of the Alabama / Notre Dame game, they will question that authority with authority Will answer you And while there may be some who want to choose the asterisk for this year’s national title, or consider it less than a typical national championship season, if a team wins it after playing fewer games, Ohio One has to go through everything to get the state. At this point it will only be to win all those who are more meaningful to the players and coaches through this process.
The 2020 season has already been one for the history books, and it will remain as if there is nothing. The playoff team will come out on top on 11 January. But if Ohio State could win a national championship in one season, it almost wasn’t even. To play, Dey believes that the Buckeyes will particularly deserve historical recognition.
“Everyone is on a different journey this year. This week has made this season so unique. “Our story, to me, is just amazing. We weren’t playing the season for even a month, and then here we are right now. I think we have the opportunity to write one of the greatest stories in the history of college football is. ”
Even if the Buckeyes do not win the national championship, what they have already accomplished and sacrificed to do so is worthy of praise. Still, this is how they fare at the CFP – starting with whether they can secure their first win against Clemson next Friday – that will determine whether this season is remembered for adversity Ohio State suffered in the way or what Ohio State was capable of. To achieve that despite adversity.
After how hard the Buckeyes worked to achieve it, anything short of a national championship would be a disappointing final chapter for the 2020 season, but if Ohio State celebrates with the trophy in Miami next month, it will undoubtedly be a low in college. Will happen. Football history as one of the most winding roads any team has ever had to take to win a title.