It is a special Saturday edition of the Big Me Kickoff, and we are really addressing just one topic here.
Okay, hear me out.
At no point would anyone ever say that a loss to Michigan is a good thing, but was it the catalyst for Ohio State being able to make such sweeping changes in terms of the coaching staff and maybe even reinventing its defense?
We have been able to look back at other watershed moments in recent program history. The 2013 losses to Michigan State and Clemson led to the arrival Chris Ash and ultimately a 2014 National Championship.
2016 ended on a bad note, with another loss to Clemson, a far worse loss. In comes Ryan Day from the San Francisco 49ers and the rest is history, as they say.
The feelings that Ohio State fans were feeling at the end of the 2013 and 2016 feelings were just about as terrible as Ohio State fans were feeling after the loss to Michigan after the 2021 season, snapping an eight-game winning streak against That Team Up North, allowing the rival school to go to the airwaves and call the team soft and claim that the tides have turned in the series.
Ryan Day’s Buckeyes were able to play one game after that difficult loss, a 48-45 win in the Rose Bowl that will go a long way in soothing many Ohio State fans through the long offseason but also showing many of the same issues that plagued the team throughout the entire season on the defensive side of the ball.
The hiring of Jim Knowles had already been announced prior to the game but since then, three more coaching moves have either been officially announced or reported by multiple outlets.
Could a team that actually made the College Football Playoff once again, coming off of a CFP Championship Game appearance, cut that deep?
I give my thoughts on this weekend edition of the Big Me Kickoff. We are going to follow up early next week with a LIVE show where you can tell me what your thoughts are on this topic.