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Ryan Day Explains Why Ohio State Didn't Offer Scholarship To Adrian Martinez

Adrian Martinez throws a pass for Nebraska.

ANN ARBOR, MI - SEPTEMBER 22: Adrian Martinez #2 of the Nebraska Cornhuskers throws a first half pass while playing the Michigan Wolverines on September 22, 2018 at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

We're going to be treated to one heck of a quarterback matchup on Saturday. Nebraska, coming off of a dramatic win over Illinois, and Adrian Martinez are set to play host to Justin Fields and Ohio State.

Fields, who famously transferred in after a year at Georgia and won the starting job after being deemed eligible to play right away, has the look of a Heisman candidate already. Martinez broke onto the scene as a bright spot for a floundering Nebraska team last season, and his numbers look better as a sophomore, even though the team has looked a bit shaky.

There is a universe out there in which Martinez could have become a Buckeye. If that came to fruition, Fields may not have joined the Buckeyes after electing to leave Athens.

With the Nebraska trip upon his team, Ryan Day was asked about some of the Huskers stars, including Martinez. Day was offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach when the program was recruiting Martinez, and he said that the staff was close to offering him, but ultimately passed because Martinez didn't have the chance to show off his game as a high school senior, due to a shoulder injury.

Given Martinez's early success, and how Fields has thrived in Columbus, it seems like this has worked out for everyone.

Saturday's game will serve as the site for this weekend's episode of College GameDay. The Buckeyes are undefeated and look the part of a College Football Playoff contender, while Nebraska is 3-1, having lost at Colorado. The Huskers are definitely improved from 2018, but the program is still very much working through the rebuild process.

On the season, Adrian Martinez is 67-for-109 for 1,052 yards, seven touchdowns, and two interceptions. He also has 234 yards and three scores on the ground, including 118 yards in that Illinois win.

The Huskers and Buckeyes kick off at 7:30 p.m. ET in Lincoln. Ohio State enters as an 18-point favorite for the game, which will be broadcast on ABC.