Former Notre Dame quarterback: Ohio State’s schedule is filled with ‘low dwellers’

SOUTH BEND, IN – SEPTEMBER 10: Malik Zaire #9 of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish throws a pass in the second half against the Nevada Wolf Pack at Notre Dame Stadium on September 10, 2016 in South Bend, Indiana. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

Ohio State-Notre Dame is four days away, and the trash talk between fans could heat up.

Former Fighting Irish quarterback Malik Zaire didn’t appreciate ESPN’s Paul Finebaum’s comment earlier today, who called Ohio State “one of the best teams we’ve ever had.” have seen for a long time” and Notre Dame as a team “in transition”. period.”

“All this chatter for a ‘best’ ranked Ohio State team that won’t be playing major television after the ND cause [their] schedule is full of bottom dwellers,” Zaire tweeted.

Shots fired.

Now Zaire is factually incorrect on OSU’s upcoming TV schedule. The Buckeyes’ next three games, against Arkansas State, Toledo and Wisconsin, air on BTN, FOX and ABC.

But that’s not the money part of the quote here – calling the OSU program full of “bottom-dwellers” is. Let’s examine this a little further.

ESPN REIT says Notre Dame has the 13th remaining strength on the schedule, while Ohio State ranks 32nd. TeamRankings.com, meanwhile, has the irish 11 and Ohio State fifth.

On paper, both teams have tough slates, with a few cupcakes mixed up. Notre Dame plays Ohio State, USC, Clemson and BYU, but also faces UNLV, Navy, Stanford, Syracuse and Marshall, among others.

Ohio State includes Michigan, Michigan State, Iowa, Wisconsin and Penn State, but is expected to rub shoulders with Toledo, Arkansas State, Rutgers, Indiana and potentially the Northwest and Maryland.

What does all this mean right now? Nothing really. It’s just fun to talk about to raise the hype for the most anticipated game of week 1.

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