COLUMBUS (WCMH/AP) — Ohio State coach Ryan Day gets a chance to continue the Buckeyes’ winning streak against That Team Up North this Saturday.
No. 2 Ohio State (11-0, 8-0 Big Ten, No. 2 CFP) is favored to beat No. 10 Michigan (9-2, 6-2, No. 13 CFP) by about 10 points. The Buckeyes have won seven in a row, including a 62-39 rout last season, to match its longest winning streak in the series set from 2004 to 2010.
Ohio State has won 14 of the last 15 in the series.
For the first time, Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh won’t have to try to close the regular season with a win over Urban Meyer.
Meyer, who retired after last season, made the Michigan game a huge deal within the program and backed up his priority by dominating its rival. Like Meyer, Day has made it clear how important preparing to play and beat the Wolverines is to him.
“We live it every day, the Team Up North is something that we talk about every single day,” Day said Saturday after a 28-17 win over Penn State. “And the best way to respect a rivalry is to work it every day and we do.”
One of the biggest questions going into the week was the health of Buckeyes’ quarterback Justin Fields. At one point during the Penn State game, Fields was slow to get up after getting sacked.
Day said during his weekly news conference, Tuesday, that he expects Fields to be ready to go Saturday.
“Anytime you see your starting quarterback on the ground, it’s not a good feeling. But he was able to shake it off and kind of run off the field and we expect him to be fine.”
Day says it’s easy to see the impact of the rivalry.
“That’s one of the reasons why some people come to school here, is for the rivalry. Cause we make such a big deal of it. Guys know, when they walk in the building, it’s all over the place. We talk about it all the time. We talk about it in recruiting, and different areas, whether it’s strength and conditioning, or football.”
The Buckeyes and TTUN meet at noon, Saturday, at Michigan.