COLUMBUS, Ohio — Get insight and reaction to Ohio State football on the Inside the Shoe podcast, brought to you by Land of 10. On the latest edition, Kyle Lamb and Ryan Ginn discuss Ohio State’s motivation for the Cotton Bowl on Friday against USC.
Will the Buckeyes be ready? Is USC quarterback Sam Darnold being genuine when he says it doesn’t matter who might draft him if he leaves? Kyle and Ryan tackle a number of issues, including the need to pressure Darnold, the focus of the Buckeyes during media interviews and how the secondary has looked during practice.
Every episode of Inside the Shoe can be found here.
Topics discussed on Inside the Shoe Thursday include:
- Why outside of one perplexing loss to Iowa, the perception that the Buckeyes have sometimes not been ready to play is unfair and should not color the expectation that Ohio State could be overlooking USC on Saturday.
- The talent of Darnold and Trojans running back Ronald Johnson and the importance of the Buckeyes’ defensive line to control the line of scrimmage and create pressure on Darnold.
- Ohio State’s secondary and the improvement it has made since early in the season, when Indiana and Oklahoma had success throwing the ball against the Buckeyes.
- Sam Darnold’s comments this week that he’s receptive to being drafted by anyone in the NFL, including the Cleveland Browns, and whether he is being sincere or merely being nice.
On Friday, Land of 10’s Austin Ward will join Kyle for a final tuneup before the game (8:30 p.m. ET, ESPN).