Former Notre Dame Quarterback: Ohio State Schedule Full Of 'Bottom Dwellers'
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Ohio State-Notre Dame is four days away, and idle talk among fans may be heating up.
Former Fighting Irish quarterback Malik Zaire did not applaud ESPN's Paul Finebaum's comment earlier today,
Which referred to Ohio State as "one of the best teams I've seen in a long time" and Notre Dame as "a team going through a transition period."
Zaire tweeted, "All this crap for a 'top' ranked Ohio State team that won't play on major TV after nd cause [their] schedule is filled with residents below."
Now, Zaire is factually incorrect about OSU's future television schedule.
The Buckeyes' next three games, which are against Arkansas State, Toledo and Wisconsin, are on BTN, Fox and ABC.
But that's not the money part of the bid here—to say OSU's schedule is full of "dwellers downstairs." Let's examine it a little more.
ESPN's FPI says Notre Dame has the 13th toughest remaining power balance of the schedule, while Ohio State ranks 32nd.
TeamRankings.com, meanwhile, ranks Irish 11th and Ohio State fifth.
On paper, both teams have challenging slates, with some cupcakes mixed in.
, Notre Dame plays Ohio State, USC, Clemson and BEU, but also takes on UNLV, Navy, Stanford, Syracuse and Marshall, among others.
Ohio State consists of Michigan, Michigan State, Iowa, Wisconsin and Penn State,
But the state of Toledo, Arkansas, should coast against Rutgers, Indiana and potentially Northwest and Maryland.
What does all this mean now? nothing really. It's fun to talk about raising the hype for the most anticipated game of Week 1.