Brian Kelly: "I'd Take Our" QBs Over OSU

Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly mentioned Ohio State's quarterbacks today in a way that caused Buckeye fans to take notice.

Ohio State and Notre Dame have played just five times, but there always seems to be something going on between the two college football powers.

There are always recruiting battles between the schools that are one state apart, and Ohio State has grabbed three assistant coaches from Notre Dame in Ed Warinner, Tim Hinton and Tony Alford since Urban Meyer was hired.

And today, Ohio State was on the name of Brian Kelly's lips in a way that Buckeyes fans took notice, as the Notre Dame head coach said he likes his quarterback depth chart that includes Everett Golson and Malik Zaire over the Buckeyes' list that features Cardale Jones, Braxton Miller and J.T. Barrett.

“I would take our two over Ohio State’s,” Kelly said, according to's Notre Dame site, Irish Illustrated. “In terms of depth, I don’t know that anybody has a better situation than we do with the two quarterbacks that we have.”

Was it mere coaching hyperbole, a barb toward Ohio State or a true belief for Kelly, who isn't really known for shying away from any topic?

It's hard to tell, but Notre Dame does have two good options at QB, it appears. Golson led the Irish to the national title game in 2012 with an undefeated season, while Zaire -- a Kettering, Ohio, native -- started Notre Dame's bowl win this past season vs. LSU.

Of course, Ohio State's quarterback room has a resume that speaks for itself. Miller is twice the Big Ten Silver Football winner, Barrett rewrote the OSU and Big Ten record book a season ago and finished fifth in the Heisman voting, and Jones, of course, won the national title for the Buckeyes this year when he piloted playoff wins vs. Wisconsin, Alabama and Oregon.

Only one can start, but "It's kind of a good problem to probably have right now, isn't it?" new offensive coordinator Tim Beck said this spring.

So far, reaction from Ohio State fans seems mixed on the subject of Kelly's words.

"He is touting his players. I would want my coach to defend my team," said 91AlumOSU on our Ask The Insiders forum.

"Frankly I think it pushes the limits of his credibility - these are serviceable QBs who have put up in total unremarkable #'s" added PureShooter.

"Just firing his guys up for that golden run to the Pinstripe Bowl," said Chex1868.

Either way, it appears Ohio State and Notre Dame won't get a chance to settle on the field. The schools aren't slated to meet until 2022.

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