Denzel Burke was glad that the Ohio State defense had 31 points scored on them by Penn State in Week 9. He talked about it after practice on Wednesday.

Through seven games, Burke has 16 total tackles, 2 tackles for loss, and 4 pass deflections. Ohio State ended up winning against the Nittany Lions 44-31 thanks to a fourth quarter surge where it scored 28 points.

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Burke noted that the team is going to need play much better to avenge last season’s loss to Michigan, otherwise known as the team up north in Ohio.

“We really needed that because the real challenge is coming in about three more weeks,” said Burke. “The team up north.”

Michigan earned its 59th win in the series against Ohio State last season. The 42-27 loss to the Wolverines has been in the mind of every Buckeyes player and fan alike recently.

This year’s version will be in Columbus and will kickoff at noon ET on Nov. 26.