Ryan Day is a finalist for a national coach of the year award.
The first-year Ohio State coach is one of six finalists for the George Munger Collegiate Coach of the Year Award, joining LSU's Ed Orgeron, Clemson's Dabo Swinney; Oklahoma's Lincoln Riley, Baylor's Matt Rhule and Minnesota's P.J. Fleck.
In his first season as a full-time head coach, Day has led the Buckeyes to a perfect 13-0 record including a Big Ten Championship and Ohio State's first College Football Playoff appearance since 2016.
This season, Day's Buckeyes have been one arguably the most dominant team in the country, leading the nation in scoring margin with an average margin of victory of 36.2 points per game. Ohio State hasn't played a game closer than 11 points and has played just two games with scores closer than 24 points – all while notching victories against current top-25 opponents five times.
Voting for the award opens on Tuesday, and eligible voters include NCAA Bowl Subdivision head coaches and football sports information directors, Maxwell Football Club members and selected national media.
The winner will be announced on Jan. 3 with the award formally presented on March 6.