Everything Kirby Smart said about Ohio State during Chick-fil-A media availability

The Ohio State football team has a daunting task in front of it,

but one it sees as an unbelievable opportunity after most thought its season was dead with the crushing loss to Michigan during Thanksgiving weekend.

But now it gets real because Ohio State will match up with defending champion and No. 1 Georgia in the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl in Atlanta.

It took Georgia head coach Kirby Smart a few years to finally break through and win a national title,

but now he’ has the Bulldogs at the top of the college football mountain.

Smart joined Ohio State head coach Ryan Day for the Chick-fil-A introductory coaches’ media conference on Sunday afternoon to discuss the matchup.

Smart had a number of complimentary things to say about the Buckeye program that we’re able to bring to you.

Day echoed a lot of what he said in his presser in front of the Columbus media,

but here’s everything Smart had to say when talking about the massive matchup with Ohio State.

Opening Statements from Georgia head coach Kirby Smart KIRBY SMART: It’s an honor to see a lot of familiar faces. Spent a lot of time with Gary, 

having played as a player in the Peach Bowl twice and coached in it multiple times throughout my career.

They do as good a job as anybody at entertaining the players and putting on a first class event.

So thanks to the Peach Bowl. We look forward to being there. It’s always an awesome event.

It’s grown from a long time ago being small to being one of the best there is in the business.

So a lot of connection to the people and the organization and the Peach Bowl.

A lot of respect for Ryan and Ohio State University. What a tremendous job he has consistently done year in and year out with that program.

Just a lot of respect for the way they play the game.

We’ve watched them, studied them in years past, off-seasons spoken to their staff members.

Just always knew that an opportunity to play them would probably come along but not knowing when it would happen, and it came to fruition this year.

Got a lot of respect for a lot of their players we recruited and tried to sign,

and I’ve enjoyed watching them mature and play for him and become really good football players.

But it should be an electric matchup, electric atmosphere. What a great venue to play it in.

It’s really what college football is all about, these kids having an opportunity to play in a game like this.

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