GALION – Brad Smith is hoping for a “Field Day” on Monday.
The Galion dentist, a longtime Ohio State fan and graduate, is counting on quarterback Justin Fields, head coach Ryan Day and the entire football team to bring home a College Football National Championship to the Buckeye State.
“Fields just might be the guy,” said Smith, who’s office at 401 Harding Way West is chock-full of OSU memorabilia. “I hope they win. I care about them playing Alabama more than any other team really.”
The Buckeyes, who advanced after creaming No. 2 Clemson in the Allstate Sugar Bowl, will battle top seed Alabama in the title game, which will be played at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Fla. Although undefeated, the Buckeyes are the underdogs.
Smith, who graduated from The Ohio State University College of Dentistry in 1990, is especially focused on this championship game because close friends who live in Alabama are die-hard Crimson Tide fans and, like others, can be downright “obnoxious.”
“When I’m visiting down there and we’re talking and I happen to say, ‘Ohio State in a conversion, then they always say, ‘Who?,’” Smith said, “and then they say, ‘you mean that high school team?’ In Alabama, football is honestly like a religion.”
Smith, 56, grew up in Erie, Pa., and was actually a Penn State fan before moving