Ryan Day prepared to play confident Michigan squad: 'This will be the most talented team we've seen, by far'
Ryan Day may not like Michigan all that much, but he certainly respects the team, its players and its coaches. And as Ohio State prepares for the biggest game on its schedule, the Buckeye head coach didn’t provide the Wolverines with any bulletin board material.
In fact, it was quite the opposite.
On Tuesday, Day met with the media for his weekly press conference to preview Saturday’s game against Michigan. The first-year Ohio State head coach was very complimentary of the Wolverines and has been really impressed with how they’ve played over the last month.
“This will be the most talented team we’ve seen, by far,” Day said of Michigan. “They have a good scheme, good coaches there. They’ve found a rhythm the second half of the year.
“They have the ability to be as good as any team in the country when they’re playing well.”
Michigan enters Saturday’s game on a four-game winning streak and a 9-2 record. In that span, the Wolverines have won two games against rival opponents, defeating Notre Dame and Michigan State.
A big reason for Michigan’s success over the last month has been because of the play of Shea Patterson, who has thrown 12 touchdown passes with just one interceptions in the last four games. Last week, he had five touchdowns in a 39-14 win over Indiana.
“I see him being more confident,” Day said. “I see them as finding an identity. They have really good receivers.”
Day was also complimentary of the defense, which has also played well in recent weeks, not allowing more than 14 points in any game over the last four contests. The Buckeyes expect to see a lot of different looks this weekend.
“Nobody gives more looks than Don Brown,” Day said. “They take a lot of pride in that.”
Ohio State has won the last seven games in the head to head series, with Michigan’s last victory coming in 2011. Day is looking to keep that streak alive and cap off a perfect regular season with a big win.
Kickoff between Michigan and Ohio State is scheduled for noon ET.