Just four sunrises from a huge clash with Michigan’s No.5 in Ann Arbor, Ryan Day met with the media on Tuesday to discuss Ohio State’s No.2’s preparations for a game with a conference title. and implications for the national championship.
With last year’s contest canceled due to coronavirus issues in Michigan’s schedule, anticipation for Saturday’s clash was already at its peak and the fever only intensified with both teams entering the contest with everything at stake.
You can hear in Day’s voice how serious and focused he is on preparing his team for the challenges Michigan will bring.
Chief among those numbers is a Wolverine passing run anchored by a pair of defensive ends – Aidan Hutchinson and David Ojabo – who have given opponents adjustments all season.
Day didn’t hesitate to say how important it would be to neutralize the combo, along with the rest of the Michigan rushers.
“Very big challenge for our tackles and our whole offense. These guys do a great job on offense and the two guys on the inside are also very powerful. It will be a big challenge for our guys in protection, CJ, and everyone. world. “– Ryan Day on the Michigan Pass Rush
Digging a little deeper into the corn rush and blue passes, Michigan ranks No. 35 in the nation with 29 sacks overall, or 2.64 per game.
Of these, Hutchinson and Ojabo – with 10 each – make up 20, or 69% of the squad’s total. Their respective 0.91 sacks per game are at the top of the Big Ten. Taylor Upshaw has 2.5 sacks but no other Wolverine has more than one.
You might find it interesting that the Michigan bags seem to come in a pile. Seventeen of the season’s 29 sacks (59%) have come in three games. The Wolverines recorded a ridiculous seven-sack count against a Penn State team currently ranked 91st in the nation, giving up 2.55 per game. Michigan had six against Wisconsin and the Badgers are currently sixth nationally, allowing just 1.36 sacks per game. Finally, Jim Harbaugh’s team recorded four sacks against a currently ranked No. 51 Washington offense, allowing 2.00 sacks per outing.
Looking at the Ohio State pass protection, the Buckeyes rank 12th among FBS schools allowing 13 sacks on the season, or 1.18 per quarter.
The Buckeyes have allowed seven sacks in the first five games and six in the last six outings. The 14th-ranked Michigan State pass run recorded two sacks, both by defensive linemen, last weekend. Nebraska’s pass rush for 103rd also recorded two, both coming from blitz linebackers.
Indiana’s lone sack came from linebacker Micah McFadden in the third quarter of a 54-7 blowout and Maryland’s No.35-ranked defense in sacks per game only picked up one and he fell. hit backups when Kyle McCord fell late in the fourth quarter from a 66-17 spanking.
Penn State and Purdue, ranked 77 and 91 respectively in sacks per game, failed to record a sack against the Buckeyes.
In the last six games, Stroud has been sacked five times against 222 attempted passes.
By the numbers, Ohio State’s pass protection against Michigan’s pass rush is indeed a dumb scenario and whoever wins the battle up front will likely advance to the Big Ten Championship game on the weekend. next and will keep his playoff hopes alive.