'One of the biggest tickets in Columbus in a long time': Ryan Day on Notre Dame game
Ohio State football will likely see two players drafted on Thursday in Las Vegas when the 2022 NFL Draft first round begins.
And coach Ryan Day will be there in person.
So too will Notre Dame coach, and former Buckeye, Marcus Freeman.
The two coaches held a dual interview on ESPN's "College GameDay" a few hours before the start of the first round of the draft. While the focus eventually shifted to Garrett Wilson, Chris Olave and Notre Dame safety Kyle Hamilton, the elephant in the room was addressed.
Ohio State football opens the season with the Fighting Irish visiting Columbus.
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“What a great opportunity for our football program," said Freeman, who took over the program in December when Brian Kelly left for LSU. "It’ll be an opportunity to see how good you really are."
Day said the matchup will be one of the biggest regular season games for the program in years.
"It’s great for college football," Day said. "It’s probably going to be one of the biggest tickets in Columbus in a long time."
ESPN then mentioned that some betting sites have the Buckeyes favored by 13 points, which Freeman joked he hopes gets bigger.
"I think they should widen it a little bit more," he laughed.
Day chuckled as well before cutting the betting conversation off: "These guys don’t need any more more motivation, take it easy."
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"GameDay" host Rece Davis hinted that that pregame show could be planning a visit to Columbus on Sept. 3.
The time of the game hasn't been announced, nor has television information, but the Fighting Irish will travel to Columbus in Week 1.
What Ryan Day said about Garrett Wilson, Chris Olave
Asked about his two projected first-round picks, Day said whoever takes the pair of All-Big Ten receivers is getting a long-term solution at wide receiver.
"Both of them will be really good NFL players," Day said. "Whoever drafts either of the guys is going to get a good player who is going to play for a very long time.
"First off both guys, one from Texas, one from California, had been playing at a high level for a long period time … I think the game is just a perimeter game now. .. both these guys are very talented in that area."
What the 2022 NFL Draft means for Ohio State recruiting
Day and Freeman said the possible first-round picks will be a boom for recruiting, not just for the national exposure, but for the message it sends.
"Weekends like this are great because in the recruiting process you talk about a dream," Day said. "You talk about possibly having a great college career and developing into a first round draft pick."