Ryan Day complimentary of 'upgraded' roster at Rutgers, sees a team playing well
Ryan Day suspects that the 2020 version of the Rutgers football team will give his team a little more trouble than ones in years past. While Ohio State is still leaps and bounds ahead of Rutgers at this point, the OSU head coach believes there’s serious improvement already.
During his weekly radio show with 97.1 The Fan in Columbus, Day was asked about Ohio State’s next opponent. Right now, he sees a Rutgers team that is playing well and playing hard through the first two games of the season.
“They’ve got a couple Ohio State guys there, there’s a couple transfers — Malik Barrow and Brendon White — they have a Team Up North guy (Michigan graduate transfer defensive tackle Michael) Dwumfour. So they’ve upgraded there. They have a couple guys back from last year who are talented,” Day said.
“And he’s done a good job of installing his defense, scheme and you can tell he’s kind of putting in a little more each week. He’s got a really good catalog of defenses that he’ll have ready to go and I think they’re playing hard — they’re tackling well, I think the corners are pretty good. So yeah, I think they’re playing really well.”
Rutgers snapped a 21-game B1G losing streak in Week 1, the first game since Greg Schiano returned as the head coach. The Scarlet Knights defeated Michigan State to start the year 1-0 before falling to Indiana last Saturday.
Ohio State, on the other hand, has had little trouble with Nebraska and Penn State in the first two weeks. The Buckeyes cruised to a 52-17 win over the Huskers in Week 1 and defeated the Nittany Lions 38-25 last weekend.
Kickoff between Rutgers and Ohio State is set for 7:30 p.m. ET with the game airing on Big Ten Network.