The first thing said in the Ohio State Football locker room after Saturday’s 43-30 win over Maryland on the road was about Michigan.
“I just finished with the team,” said manager Ryan Day in his post-game press conference. “You can probably imagine what was said first: ‘It’s going to Team Up North.'”
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Ohio State beats Maryland on the road:Ohio State Football beats Maryland 43-30 and sets up a big game with Michigan
While reflecting on the Buckeyes’ win over the Terrapins on Saturday afternoon, Day reiterated Ohio State’s number one goal every season: beating Michigan.
The 118th edition of the Ohio State vs. Michigan rivalry game carries some weight, marking the first time since 2006 that both teams have gone unbeaten in The Game.
With the rivalry game also comes a chance for redemption for Day and the rest of Ohio State’s football program, which will lose to Michigan 42-27 in Ann Arbor in 2021.
“It wasn’t easy. It wasn’t good,” Day said. “We’ll probably talk more about that this week, but I’m looking forward to preparing. Our guys focused on that all offseason. During the season it was always in the back of my mind. We work on it every day year. The week is officially here.”
“We’ve been thinking about this game for 365 days”
In his post-game radio interview on 97.1 The Fan, running back Dallan Hayden said he expects the Ohio State-Michigan encounter to be a “physical game” and a “real rivalry game.”
Quarterback CJ Stroud said he’s been thinking about the Wolverines since leaving Ann Arbor in 2021.
“We’ve been thinking about this game for 365 days, so we’re excited,” Stroud said on 97.1 The Fan.
Minutes after Ohio State’s 43-30 win over Maryland, players and coaches were already focused on Michigan.
To date, this Ohio State team has a lot more experience than the last time they played Michigan. But he also feels the Buckeyes have something to play next Saturday.
“I think we’re marked,” Day said. “After that game we were highly motivated to get back to exactly where we are now. It took a lot of hard work, a lot of blood, sweat and tears to get back to where we are now.”
“Now all the chips come in.”
The Ohio State Football schedule for 2022
- 3 Sept:State of Ohio 21, Notre Dame 10
- September 10:Ohio State 45, Arkansas State 12
- 17 Sep:State of Ohio 77, Toledo 21
- 24 Sept:State of Ohio 52, Wisconsin 21
- 1 Oct: State of Ohio 49, Rutgers 10
- 8 Oct:State of Ohio 49, State of Michigan 20
- 22 Oct: State of Ohio 54, Iowa 10
- 29 Oct:Ohio State 44, Penn State 31
- 5 Nov: State of Ohio 21, Northwest 7
- November 12th: State of Ohio 56, Indiana 14
- November 19: State of Ohio 43, Maryland 30
- November 26: Ohio State vs. Michigan, Columbus, Ohio, noon, FOX
Michigan Football’s 2022 schedule
- 3 Sept: Michigan 51, Colorado 7
- September 10: Michigan 56, Hawaii 10
- 17 Sep: Michigan 59, UConn 0
- 24 Sept: Michigan 34, Maryland 27
- 1 Oct: Michigan 27, Iowa 14
- 8 Oct: Michigan 31, Indiana 10
- 15 Oct: Michigan 41, Pennsylvania State 17
- 29 Oct: Michigan 29, Michigan State 7
- 5 Nov: Michigan 52, Rutgers 17
- November 12th: Michigan 34, Nebraska 3
- November 19: Michigan 19, Illinois 17
- November 26: Michigan vs. Ohio State, Columbus, Ohio, noon
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