C.J. Stroud

While college football can definitely be exciting to watch at its best, it’s no secret that some games are just complete blowouts as highly-ranked teams take on overmatched opponents, oftentimes early in the season. The Ohio State Buckeyes are often one of those teams blowing out an inferior opponent and quarterback C.J. Stroud certainly wasn’t shy talking about it.

During Ohio State’s team interviews on Tuesday, Stroud was asked about the difficulty of playing a season-opening game, especially against a top-five opponent like Notre Dame, who the Buckeyes faced on Saturday. Stroud had an extremely blunt and honest response to the question.

“First games of the season are never really easy,” Stroud said, according to Griffin Strom of Eleven Warriors. “Unless they’re like total bums.”

Of course, Stroud hasn’t faced a true cupcake opponent in a season-opener since he took over as Ohio State’s quarterback ahead of the 2021 season. The Buckeyes opened last season with a road game against the Minnesota Gophers and took on No. 5 Notre Dame to kick off this season.

But Stroud might get a taste of those “total bums” he described this weekend when the Buckeyes take on Arkansas State on Saturday, which is one of the worst teams in the entire FBS.

[Griffin Strom]