The Ohio State football team got embarrassed in the National Championship and it was a function of poor coaching and preparation.
This was supposed to be the season of revenge. The Buckeyes beat Clemson to avenge last season’s loss in the semi-final, so they were supposed to beat Bama in the championship. Instead, they got ran out of the building with their tail between their legs.
The Ohio State football team got embarrassed in Miami tonight 52-24. Alabama was clearly the more prepared team. I thought the talent was even, and I still think it is. The difference was the coaching. Ryan Day got flat out-coached from the moment this game started.
Devonta Smith had 215 yards and 3 touchdowns in the first half. He had more receiving yards than Ohio State had total yards. Kerry Coombs decided to not cover him or even think about double-teaming him. He had linebackers covering him on some plays.
For whatever reason, this team was not even close to prepared to play tonight. The Buckeyes didn’t even look like they belonged on the same field as Alabama. Justin Fields only had 90 yards passing in the first half. Ryan Day ran the ball four straight times down 14 in his own territory.
This wasn’t a game that was fun to watch for Buckeye fans. After the 7-7 tie, it wasn’t a game that they had a chance to win. They have to go back to the drawing board next season and try to get back to this point in 2021. They will have to do so with a lot of new faces on both sides of the ball.
This was a crushing loss. This isn’t as close of a crushing loss as 2006 was, but it’s close. It’s not the fact that Ohio State lost, it’s the way they lost. Day gave up. He called plays like a coward. It was like he just wanted to get off the field as quickly as possible.
This hurt my soul to write. But when you get demolished the way the Buckeyes did, it’s the only thing to write.