Justin Fields was quite confident in his alma mater Ohio State. The Chicago Bears quarterback and former No. 11 overall pick wanted the world to know how badly he thought the Buckeyes would beat Notre Dame. With Ohio State listed as a 17-point favorite, Fields said you’re putting all your hard-earned cash on the Buckeyes to wipe the floor with the Fighting Irish. His Bears teammate, former Notre Dame tight end Cole Kmetobviously disagree.
Kmet kept it simple when asked about the outcome of the impending showdown by the Bears social media team. Simply put, Kmet said “Our Lady”. Fields had a more confident explanation, at least according to him.
“See how he said that? No explanation?” Fields said. “He ain’t got no faith. He just said his school. Ohio State, (under) 17, bet on it. Dubs only baby. You can’t even say anything. You know it.”
“We will find a way” Kmet replied
Ohio State appears to be loaded on offense, led by Heisman Trophy contenders CJ Stroud, Jaxon Smith-Nijgba and Tre Veyon Henderson. However, the head coach Ryan Day recognized the challenge Marcus Freeman and Al Golden’s Notre Dame defense brings to the game.
“They do a great job mixing up the defensive styles they play and are very, very well coached,” Day said. “They have a new defensive coordinator. So certainly Marcus has his fingerprints all over the defense. But now that you have Al Golden there, it’s a bit of a different staff. It’s probably just a bit of the unknown that comes into play.”
Both coaches agree the game will likely be in the trenches.
“It’s the same thing, and that’s really where we all start to stop racing,” Day said. “They do a good job of running football. So we’re going to have to do a great job of being strong in assignment and playing with great fundamentals and doing a great job on third down and going off the field. It’s the same on offense. You have to establish the race. Its very important. And something we are working very hard on.
Upon hearing about the wide spread in favor of Ohio State, Freeman wanted to use it as bulletin board material.
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“Well, I didn’t know that,” Freeman said this week, according to Irish Illustrated. “I will write this. You said 17.5 points, right? We’re going to use it in our team meeting today. It’s good to know. I didn’t pay much attention to the gap, but I remember at one point I was on college game day and I said, keep pushing it up and up.