This year, no team has taken the usual path more than Ohio State.
Although every team in college football this year has been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, the other three playoff teams (Alabama, Clemson, and Notre Dame) have to start them at least in September Season and participate in 10 regular season games. Ohio State did not start its season until late October, and only played in five regular season games.
Hardly any horse chestnut. Initially, the Big Ten chose to postpone the football season to the spring, which would prevent Ohio State from competing for the CFP berth. Many of the Buckeyes’ star players may also choose to withdraw from the spring game, and let Ryan Day (Ryan Day) talk about how the Buckeyes “can be a once-in-a-lifetime team”
That day, his players and their parents continued to fight for their chances of this season. The Big Ten finally changed their course. In September, it was announced that their team would start eight regular season games in October. Despite this, COVID-19 continues to have a significant impact on the Buckeyes’ season as three of their last five regular season games were cancelled – one of them was due to the Ohio outbreak and the other two were due to Ohio The outbreak within the team is arranged to play a role-Ohio State University has more than 20 players in the final regular season against Michigan State University and the top ten tournaments against Northwestern University.
Many players in Ohio were tested for COVID-19 and were forced to miss time during the season, which forced the Buckeyes to adapt to the game without key players, even if they took extra precautions and were forced to do Sacrifice. -Don’t even want to visit family during Christmas time-try to limit the positive cases in the plan and fight for yourself the best chance of achieving a national championship.
Although Ohio State University may only need to win six games to enter the playoffs, this is an easier path, but to ensure their place in the four teams, this season is not easy for the Buckeyes. Especially from a psychological and emotional point of view, in order to make them through the entire season, they have to face unprecedented challenges.
But the Buckeyes have been working tirelessly, winning the fourth consecutive Big Ten championship last weekend, giving them a chance to participate in the highest stage of college football.
Ryan Day knows everything they have to endure to do this, so he is not proud of his team. He has always described himself as a special team throughout August.
“This is one of the favorite teams I’ve been to,” Dade said after the Big Ten championship game. “And maybe not because of the situation that has always existed in the field, but more importantly, the team is so difficult. They have gone through so many, they just don’t back down. I can’t give this team enough credibility.”
Even if Ohio State University enters the CFP with an undefeated record for the second consecutive year, it is fair to say that the Buckeyes’ performance on the court is not as good as last season. But Day does not want people to forget all the stops, starts, and challenges they must overcome in the process.
“What this team has gone through, I talk about it over and over again, but I don’t know if anyone is actually listening,” Dai said. “They conducted two spring internships from the beginning, then entered the quarantine area and left for a long time. They entered the pre-season training camp and then found that the season had been postponed. A few days later, they found that the season had been Cancelled. Then for a month, they had no goals. They didn’t have any work for a month until September 19. They decided, no, we want to play, we want to play safely, and then they fought. They made it public. They said it come out.
“Then (October 24), we participated in the first game. This virus, everyone in the north entered the interior, and the number of viruses soared. Therefore, we must deal with the issue of game exit, and we must deal with the problem of the game. Cancelling the problem, it is difficult for us to enter the rhythm in these three stages. Then we entered (top ten championship), things may not be as good as usual, we found a way to counterattack in the second half.
“In a world of success or failure, this team has learned a lot this season. That’s why we even started playing college football from the beginning. That’s why we participated in the game and started coaching, to see this The growth of young people.”
Everything that Ohio State must endure this year allowed it to win the top ten championship for the fourth time in a row and have the opportunity to participate in the national championship, which makes more sense for the Buckeyes.
Dai believes that the lessons his players have learned from all the turmoil this year will not only benefit them, not only because they are preparing to play Clemson in the Sugar Bowl next week, but also on the football field and in other aspects of life. , This will last for many years.
“Since March, many life experiences have occurred. Regarding perseverance, pain, adversity, ups and downs, ups and downs, professional ethics, and time with myself, I just want to be like when they walked for 10 to 20 years. Such things appear in front of them, and they will handle them like adults.” Dai said after the team cancelled its first game against Maryland in November. “Nevertheless, I know they are learning a lot. Of course, it is not easy, and their mental health is not easy. It worked hard but I know we will become stronger because of it.”
“This team is so difficult. They have gone through so much, they just don’t back down. I can’t give this team enough credibility.”– Ryan Day at the Ohio State Buckeyes in 2020
Because the Buckeyes have to go through a lot of things to enter the CFP, this gives them more motivation to try to use the opportunities they have now and win the national championship they have worked hard throughout the year.
Day said last week: “I want to make sure that we can dedicate something to all the sacrifices that have occurred in the past few months, because this is really amazing for me.”
There is a lot of debate about whether Ohio State has played enough games to make the playoffs, but if the Buckeyes can beat Clemson and then the winner of the Alabama/Notre Dame game, they will authoritatively answer this question. Although some people may choose to assign an asterisk to this year’s national championship, or if a team wins the championship after playing fewer games, it is considered less than a normal national championship season, but Ohio State must go through everything until now. So far, this will only make winning games more meaningful to players and coaches who have gone through this process.
The 2020 season has become one of the historical records, and no matter which playoff team comes out on top on January 11, it will maintain this state. However, if Ohio State University can win the national championship in one season, then hardly Day thinks that the Buckeyes will be particularly worthy of historical recognition.
“Everyone’s journey is different this year. That’s why this season is so unique,” Dai said this week. “For me, our story is simply amazing. We didn’t even play this season for a month, and then just here. I think we have the opportunity to write one of the greatest stories in the history of college football.”
Even if the Buckeyes did not win the national championship, their achievements and sacrifices are worthy of praise. Nevertheless, this is their performance in the CFP-from whether they can win their first victory against Clemson next Friday-which will determine whether this season is due to the adversity faced by Wyoming in the process or Wyoming The state’s ability to get more memorials must be realized despite adversity.
After the hard work of the Buckeyes, until the last chapter of the 2020 season, the disappointing last chapter is the national championship, but if Ohio State University celebrates that trophy in Miami next month, it will undoubtedly fall into The history of college football is one of the most tortuous roads any team must go through to win the championship.