No. 12: Ohio State Buckeyes

Urban Meyer is gone and it's a new (Ryan) Day at Ohio State. What does that mean?

I've known Ryan Day for more than 20 years. He was a bright assistant coach at New Hampshire for a guy named Chip Kelly. He was a bright assistant coach at Boston College for Tom O'Brien.

Clearly, there was star potential in Day's future. So much so in fact that when he was part of Urban Meyer's staff at Ohio State, Day was presumably on a short list that Boston College athletic director Martin Jarmond had of Eagle Coach Steve Addazio survived.

Addazio did, but Meyer did not---by his own choice-and now the spotlight in Columbus is whether Day can make the transition to head coach.

Oh, you can say that Day is 3-0 as an interim coach, but that doesn't mean diddleysquat. It was Meyer's team last season.

Now it is Day's turn.

There is talent available. There generally always is Duane Haskins leaves as the Buckeyes QB and is replaced by Justin Fields, who was good enough to play at Georgia.

The schedule is challenging--at Nebraska. at Michigan, but not overwhelming.

The key here is Day. Can he do the job a HEAD Coach. If he can, Ohio State might be ranked to low. If he can't, they probably are too high.

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