Saban spoke in the past tense as far as discussions, though, and Day expressed confidence the game will be played.
The coach of the Buckeyes also acknowledged there is no time to relax between now and then.
“The way this has gone, the minute you want to feel good and take a deep breath and count your blessings and feel the reward of what you’ve done, something new comes at you and you just got to handle it,” Day said. “So, I know this the finish line is coming on Monday. We got to finish this thing strong, no matter what comes our way.”
Beyond that, Day said there was no update on Ohio State quarterback Justin Fields, who played most of the win over Clemson last week in pain after taking a helmet to the side from Tigers linebacker James Skalski.
“We don’t really give injury updates,” Day said.
Fields followed Day in the virtual interview room and removed any doubt he would play against Alabama on Monday night, but he did not offer much clarification on how he felt.
“I’ll be good by Monday night,” he replied.
The quarterback also offered a defense of how his health situation was dealt with by Ohio State team doctors, including head physician Dr. Jim Borchers, in the Sugar Bowl.
“I have full trust in the trainers and Dr. Borchers,” Fields said. “I wasn’t hesitant about anything they gave me. They handled it the way I would want it to be handled.”
After the game, Fields had said he wasn’t sure what the diagnosis was but that he had just received two shots for pain and gone back in the game after missing one play.
“I put my full trust in those guys,” Fields said Thursday. “It was not like, ‘Oh they just shot him up and sent him back out there.’ It wasn’t like that. I think they did a full analysis of my injury and what it was and I was really comfortable with that.”
Ohio State vs. Alabama, 8 p.m., ESPN, 1410