This take, from The Athletic ($$), really nails it for me.
Brass tacks: Ohio State absolutely can win this football game, and it will not take a miracle or act of God to get it done. The Buckeyes have the talent to compete with any team in the country and the exact right stuff on offense to crack Georgia’s defense exactly where it’s most suspect compared to a year ago.
However, the more you watch these two teams, the more you’re left with the impression that for that upset to happen, Day must change some things about how he game plans and calls in-game. And Knowles must fix even more.
Georgia has the goods to just take Ohio State’s will early and never look back. The truest test in this game will be whether the Buckeyes have gotten off the mat after the bruising they took versus Michigan. They cannot try to chase ghosts from that game against Georgia or this will be a blowout.
We’ve watched a program whose coach’s first mantra is “it’s the recruiting, stupid”, so it’s a little silly to dismiss the chances of a team that’s recruited on close to the same level as Georgia has. That being said, I question whether Day has the coaching chops to stay with Smart.
I have the feeling we’ll get that question answered in the first half, either way.
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