posted by ptown_trojans_1
Is he a top 5 coach?
Yes. Name the top 5 coaches in CFB. You have Saban and Kirby... then who? I can't think of more than another name or two that I'd feel comfortable with.
This year wasn't supposed to be a championship-or-bust year which makes the "fire ryan day" stuff annoying. Everyone saying that sounds so whiny and entitled.
Going into the year this team had a lot of question marks: you were starting a new quarterback, the offensive line was more or less being turned completely over, and there was skepticism about Knowles defense.
First few games of the year, those concerns were still concerns... but as the year progressed, everything got better (for the most part).
McCord is the one exception. He didn't grow as much as I thought he would. He makes good throws but his ability to read a defense is apparently zilch. He almost always throws at his first read and did all damn year. It was very evident in his early interception against Michigan... that ball should've never been thrown.
Everywhere else they improved.
It just so happens that the end of the season resulted in OSU facing a team that is probably equally as good as them, and they had to face them on their own turf.
Maybe, just maybe, it's possible that the Buckeyes lost because the Wolverines have a better team this year.
Those calling for Day to get fired need to take a step back and look at a program like A&M, Nebraska, Florida, or hell even USC. Any of those programs would kill for a coach that is consistently winning them 11 games a year.
If OSU decides to move on, you risk rolling the dice and turning into a program like those two. Is it worth it? IMO, no absolutely not.
So yeah, whole "no pants" stuff sucks... but the team isn't trending in the wrong direction. It's not really trending in any direction. It's sideways, and it's sideways at the 11 wins-a-year, top 5-6 mark. That is perfectly good enough going into the new era of the 12-team CFP.
Michigan is trending up, but it's likely they're going to get knocked down a peg by the NCAA and Harbaugh will leave, so the odds of them falling off in the coming year or two are decent.
And the "no wins in 4 years" thing needs an asterisk next to it... OSU was likely to kill Michigan in 2020 until the game got canceled.