Ryan Day: “I Think We Deserve to Be The No. 1 Team in the Country”

By Kevin Harrish on December 8, 2019 at 12:28 am
Ryan Day.
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With both LSU and Ohio State making a case for the No. 1 seed in the College Football Playoff the committee has a decision to make on Sunday.

But Ryan Day has already made his.

“I think we deserve to be the No. 1 team in the country," Day said following Ohio State's 34-21 win over Wisconsin.

Day said Ohio State has earned the top spot by playing what he believes is the toughest schedule in the country down the stretch, defeating three top-15 opponents – Penn State, Michigan and Wisconsin (for the second time) – in consecutive weeks.

"I think when you look at our resume, what we've done, beating Wisconsin when they're a top-10 team twice in one year, and then again this three-game stretch was unlike I think any team has had in the country," Day said in his postgame press conference.

"If there's a better team out there, I'd like to see them," Day said.

Ohio State did struggle in the first half against the Badgers, facing a halftime deficit for the first time this season, but the Buckeyes punched back with 27 unanswered points in the second half and still pulled out a two-score win over the No. 8 team in the nation.

LSU also made a statement, blasting No. 4 Georgia 37-10 in the SEC Championship Game.

The College Football Playoff Committee will release its final rankings at approximately noon on Sunday.

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