Ohio State head coach Ryan Day spoke about a variety of topics during his media availability at Big Ten Media Day on Thursday, and one of those topics was The Game and the Michigan-Ohio State rivalry.
Day talked about the respect OSU has for the rivalry, and he also shared that the Buckeyes have a drill in practice that is geared toward preparing for The Game. This portion of practice is called “The Team Up North Drill”.
Ryan Day says Ohio State has a "Team Up North Drill", where they "practice against them" pic.twitter.com/n7da4SuSJA— Trevor Woods (@WoodsFootball) July 18, 2019
“To honor the rivalry and respect the rivalry is to work it every day, and we do. It’s a part of what we do and recruiting, we have periods we have in practice where we call it ‘The Team Up North Drill’ where we’ll be working in practice, so we live it every day,” Day said. “It’s something we always have in the back of our minds. We have stuff up in our facility, we respect those guys to the utmost and the program they have and we know next year is gonna be hard. Last year was a little bit of a anomaly, it got sideways, but we know it’s not gonna be easy this year, so we’re gonna have our hands full going up there.”
When asked what “The Team Up North Drill is”, Day said “we practice against them.”
Day will be looking to pick up his first victory in his first year as OSU’s head coach, and Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh is looking to stop Ohio State’s winning streak, which is currently at seven games.