Ohio State football expectations are higher than ever from Ryan Day

Ryan Day stood in front of a live Big Ten Network audience and a football field full of reporters in July and essentially declared Ohio State’s 2021 football season a failure.

“Maybe in some places 11–2 with a Victory at the Rose Bowl is a good year. It’s not at Ohio State,” the Buckeyes coach said. “Our three goals are: beat Team North, win the Big Ten Championship, win the National Championship. Those are our goals, and those things didn’t happen last year.

It was a remarkable statement. It articulated both admirable ambition and troubling urgency. Daring to be the best can be a good thing, but the consequences of failure can be dramatic.

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