The Buckeyes have been thinking about this moment for the last 365 days. Last year in Ann Arbor, the Wolverines were the aggressor, dominating their archrival 42-27, while bludgeoning them for 297 rushing yards and shutting down OSU’s run game (64 yards on 30 carries). It remains Ryan Day’s only loss to Michigan in his Ohio State tenure, so it’s been a focal point for the head coach and his players ever since.
“We had to sit on that for a calendar year and that’s not good,” Day said back in July at Big Ten media days. “We don’t want to have to go through that again.”
Like with most major college football rivalries — Texas–Oklahoma and Alabama–Auburn among the notable others — coaches often remind their players about those heartbreaking matchups during the offseason. Coaches want to ensure everybody remembers the horror of losing in hopes they won’t do it again. Day said that his guys were “a little scarred” and “a little calloused” after that loss.
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