Ohio State head coach Ryan Day, in his final media appearance of the week on “The Ryan Day Radio Show” on 97.1 The Fan on Thursday afternoon, set a clear tone for the Buckeyes heading into Saturday’s game at Notre Dame: “We are gonna let it rip.”
Day said it was a “good week of practice” for No. 6 Ohio State, which faces a “great challenge” in No. 9 Notre Dame. The Fighting Irish are off to a 4-0 start this season and will be looking for some comeuppance after the Buckeyes handed them a 21-10 loss in Columbus in last season’s opener.
“On defense, they do a great job,” Day said. “We will have to do a great job with our execution.”
On the other side of the ball, Day pointed to quarterback Sam Hartman, who transferred in to Notre Dame from Wake Forest this offseason and has been off to a hot start with the Fighting Irish, throwing for over 1,000 yards and 13 touchdowns without an interception through four games, with Day complimenting Hartman’s experience and command of the offense.
Ohio State’s road contest at Notre Dame will be one that Day refers to as a “matchup game,” where the Buckeyes are on an even talent level with their opponent. With Ohio State also heading into a hostile environment, Day is looking for his team’s best performance to come away from South Bend with a win.
“We’ve got to go into this environment and embrace it and go get it,” he said. “We’re going to go as hard as we possibly can and not look up at the scoreboard until the fourth quarter, then we’ll go from there. This is what makes great teams is games like this.”