The Ohio State football team had a rough finish to the 2023 season. They lost to TTUN for the third straight time and eliminated any hope they had of making the College Football Playoff. A lot of criticism was thrown at quarterback Kyle McCord for that loss.
McCord threw a backbreaking interception early in the game that gave Michigan their first touchdown. He also threw an interception on the final drive of the game as the Buckeyes were trying to mount a comeback, although the offensive line is to blame for that.
It seems that McCord has had enough. McCord entered his name into the transfer portal on Monday morning when it opened. That means the Ohio State football team will have a new starting quarterback for the second straight season when August rolls around.
For as bad as McCord looked at times, he still had the second-most passing yards in the Big Ten this season. He also threw 24 touchdowns and had just 6 interceptions. He has a high floor, but it’s clear his ceiling isn’t high enough to propel this team where it wants to go.
I have to be honest, I’m very surprised by this. I thought Day was going to have to stick with McCord as the starter for next season even though it wouldn’t be the right move. Instead, it’s clear Day had a conversation with him that they were moving in a different direction.
As for who could take over, that’s unclear. I wrote an article last week about some possible options. Now those options are all on the table. I would have to think that the Buckeyes are going to be looking in the portal for someone with Power 5 experience.
It’s a surprising move for McCord, but probably the best one for him. I certainly wish him nothing but the best. He seems like a good kid and I hope he succeeds at his next destination.