On Monday Ohio State head coach, Ryan Day and several players met with the press, hot off the heels of the Buckeyes blasting of a heavily favored Clemson Tigers team, 49-28 in the Sugar Bowl

As OSU heads into another game as the underdog, Day and his players know they have an uphill battle ahead of them. Linebacker Tuf Borland and running back Trey Sermon added their thoughts on their opponent.

 

Borland was awarded the Sugar Bowl’s Defensive MVP, spearheading the Buckeyes defense that held the explosive Tigers offense and quarterback Trevor Lawrence in check. Borland and the OSU defense kept Clemson to just 44 yards on the ground, and 2.0 yards per carry.

Coming into the Clemson matchup, Sermon rushed for a school-record 331 yards against a stingy Northwestern defense in the Big Ten Championship Game, and followed up with a 193-yard performance against Clemson. He also added four catches for 61 yards.

Ohio State will have to play at the top of their game to handle Alabama as they did the Tigers, when the two powerhouses kickoff at 8:00pm on Jan. 11, in Miami Gardens, Florida.