Ryan Day is in the process of getting Ohio State up to speed for Notre Dame in Week 1. In the process, the Buckeyes must balance expectations for a huge year for the program.

Last season, Ohio State won 11 games, had a Heisman finalist and won the Rose Bowl. A strong season for many programs, the Buckeyes failed to reach any of their three main goals for a season.

As a result, Day sees a hungry and motivated team entering 2022. He also said there are “no big heads” on the roster, a sign players are not resting on the achievements of the past.

“No big heads. This team is hungry. This team has been hungry, it’s been gritty… We’ve got a lot to prove,” said Day.

Asked about those outside expectations of competing for a national title, Day said the program doesn’t focus on those. The issue at hand for Ohio State is maintaining competitive stamina from Week 1 all the way through a (hopeful) College Football Playoff appearance.

“We don’t talk about (outside expectations). We talk about competitive stamina… We’ve got to bring it every day,” Day explained.

That stamina begins to roll this weekend against Notre Dame. We’ll see how Ohio State looks with the bright lights on Columbus in Week 1.

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