Ryan Day is a first-year head coach, so he’s still relatively new to speaking in front of the media. That means he might be more willing to speak freely and candidly, which honestly, is a breathe of fresh air compared to other coach’s press conferences.

On Tuesday, Day flat-out said the first College Football Playoff rankings, which come out Tuesday night, mean nothing, simply stating that the rankings, at this point in the season, are “for the fans.”

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Day isn’t even curious where his team might land in the first rankings because if the Buckeyes lose, then they won’t remain in playoff contention when it matters most — at the end of the season.

Day is absolutely right, and more than likely, all Power 5 coaches feel this way, but they don’t often come out and say it. For example, two years ago, Wisconsin and Miami were ranked outside the Top 5 in the first playoff rankings because their early-season schedules were weak, and it seemed to bother those programs.

But they were in the same situation as Ohio State is in now. Undefeated Power 5 teams will not get left out of the playoff. If the Buckeyes keep winning, then they’ll be involved in the race for a national championship at the end of the season.

For a first-year coach, Day understands this so well, and he isn’t afraid to say it. Never change, Day.