COLUMBUS (WCMH) — Ohio State football coach Ryan Day is scheduled to hold his weekly news conference, Tuesday, as the Buckeyes prepare for Michigan.
“We just constantly talk about it in recruiting,” Day said. “This is our No. 1 goal at Ohio State, to beat The Team Up North. Period.”
Despite being from New Hampshire, Day says he remembers watching The Game growing up.
“Growing up it was one of those things you always watched,” Day said. “It’s the biggest game in college football.”
The Buckeyes (10-1, 8-0 Big Ten) are favored to win by more than a touchdown, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.
However, the Wolverines (10-1, 7-1 Big Ten) are ranked sixth in the AP Top 25 and the College Football Playoff rankings. Ohio State is No. 2 in the AP poll and fourth in the CFP.
The winner of this game will clinch a spot in the Big Ten Championship.
“You want this game with everything riding on it,” Day said. “That’s why you come to Ohio State.”
The spread is relatively respectable in a suddenly lopsided series that has seen Ohio State win a school-record eight-straight games and 15 of 16.
“It’s the biggest rivalry in all of sports. I can’t explain it. You just gotta feel it,” OSU captain and defensive end Zach Harrison said.
Ohio State has the No. 1 scoring offense in the country while Michigan has a top 10 defense. Day said the Wolverines defense will be their “toughest challenge” of the season.