Let’s establish two basic facts right from the start here. 1) The Ohio State defense is loaded with talent and is very good. 2) Austin Kendall could be the most confident backup quarterback in the country. Because both of these are fact it should indicate to us that Kendall’s statement about the Buckeyes’ defense will have no impact on the actual game Saturday night.
“I think they have a really basic defense,” Kendall said on Wednesday. “I think we can go out there and, I mean, Baker, he’ll light them up. I’m really looking forward to it. If my number’s called, I think I can do the same.”
Ohio State currently has the nation’s third best scoring defense (opponents only averaging 6.5 points per game) and Mayfield’s 192.7 QB rating is one of the top in the country as well. Neither will play better or worse based on the opinion of a backup quarterback.
There shouldn’t be a player on Oklahoma’s roster who doesn’t believe that Mayfield is in store for a big night against the #3 team in the country on Saturday. Conversely, there shouldn’t be a player on the Ohio State roster who doesn’t believe that their streak on not allowing a touchdown this season will continue through week three.
Words are words and football players don’t play the game based on words. They play based on ability, and both of these teams are stacked in that area. Fans on the other hand, all we have are words and memories. That’s why the comments of a backup quarterback become a big deal. Let’s keep in in perspective though and realize that it’s only a big deal to those sitting in the stands. The guys actually on the field will have much bigger issues to worry about than someone’s comments.