The Ohio State football team has a big year coming up. They are facing a big crossroads when it comes to coaching. TTUN has a two-game winning streak against the Buckeyes and they get the game at the Big House, which doesn’t spell good things for Ohio State.
Yet despite all of that, most of the national public seems to be behind Ryan Day. Even with the fanbase locally getting a little nervous about the direction of the program, that doesn’t mean the national media is putting him in any less regard than in previous years.
Day has been named to the preseason watchlist for the Boddy Dodd Trophy. That is given to the best coach in college football at the end of the year. He is one of 21 coaches that are on the preseason watch list, along with some other big names.
I can’t say I’m surprised that the Buckeye head coach is on this list. The team is still really talented and is one of the best teams in the country. If Day does turn around the losing to Michigan, then he would certainly deserve to get a look for Coach of the Year.
Do I think he’ll win that award? I don’t. Most of the time those types of awards don’t go to coaches of big-time programs that have expectations. A lot of the time they go to coaches who turn a program around and surprise people. Day and Ohio State don’t fit that criteria.
Either way, this is still a nice preseason watchlist to be on. Day doesn’t care about it. Ohio State football fans do as long as Day wins every game. Fans don’t really care about the watchlists unless the Buckeyes are winning. I expect they’ll win a lot this year though.