Ryan Day’s Ohio State tenure is a success by any metric. In his first two seasons, he led the Buckeyes to two Big Ten Championships, an undefeated season, and two appearances in the College Football Playoff.
Ryan Day is a top college football coach. Can he navigate the next two weeks and keep the Big Ten title in Columbus? Let’s take a look at the latest college football odds and discuss how he should fare.
It’s All About Talent
A successful college football program needs a steady flow of talent. Coaches like Nick Saban are masters of the recruiting trail. Their programs maintain dominance by always having a stocked cupboard of top-flight talent.
Ryan Patrick Day knows this is how to find success in college football. Building off the momentum created by his predecessor Urban Meyer, Day came into 2021 with the highest-rated recruiting class in school history.
These recruits already impact the Buckeyes.
Through ten games, five-star freshman TreVeyon Henderson totals over 1,000 yards rushing and 14 touchdowns. In addition, five-star defensive end Jack Sawyer has nine solo tackles, three sacks, and one forced fumble.
Michigan State Isn’t Scary This Week
The current line for Week 12’s Michigan State at Ohio State game favors the Buckeyes at -18.5. This game is a matchup of two teams ranked in the top ten of the AP Poll, so why is the line so high?
Michigan State features a future NFL star in Kenneth Walker III, but Ohio State outclasses MSU at every position.
Redshirt freshman QB C.J. Stroud is having a Heisman quality year and presents a huge matchup problem for a Michigan State pass defense ranked outside the top 100 in the country (111).
Ryan Day vs. Jim Harbaugh is a Coaching Mismatch
If the Buckeyes slay the Spartans at home, they face their fierce rival Michigan for a chance to play in the Big Ten Championship game.
A few years ago, Jim Harbaugh was the king of Ann Arbor, but his inability to win a big game (and beat Ohio State) frustrates the Blue faithful.
In bowl games, Harbaugh is 1-4 and has a tepid 21-21 record against Power 5 schools with a .500 record or better.
Ryan Day hasn’t had a problem winning big games. Day’s overall record as Ohio State University football coach is 30-3 with a 20-0 record against Big Ten opponents.
No Contest from Big Ten West
Wisconsin is the best defense in the country, and Iowa isn’t far behind. Paul Chryst’s Badgers are good enough to give anyone a fight, even Ohio State.
The talent on the Ohio State side is too much for any one of the Big Ten West teams to contain for four quarters. With Day at the helm, they’re averaging the most points per game in the country (44.6).
Day Will Lead Ohio State to Another Big Ten Title
Ryan Day is one of the best coaches in college football. His gameday record and recruiting skill put him in the same stratosphere as legends like Nick Saban.
I see no team in the Big Ten stopping Ohio State and Ryan Day from winning another conference championship.
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