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Jim Harbaugh Addresses 'Third Base' Comments He Made About Ryan Day Last Year

Ryan Day and Jim Harbaugh

Ryan Day and Jim Harbaugh

Ohio State and Michigan are both undefeated heading into "The Game" for the first time since 2006. 

Ranked No. 2 and No. 3 in the College Football Playoff rankings, respectively, the Buckeyes and Wolverines are preparing for a historical clash in Columbus on Saturday.

Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh defeated Ohio State for the first time in five tries a season ago. He was asked following the 2021 rivalry game about what fueled the Wolverines to victory, and initially commented, "there's definitely stuff that has been said that has spurred us on even more, sure." 

The Michigan coach then delivered a direct shot at Buckeye coach Ryan Day, saying "sometimes, there are people standing on third base that think they hit a triple...but they didn't."

When asked today about his comments from 2021, however, Harbaugh told reporters that they're "kind of irrelevant" to this year's matchup. 

"Jim Harbaugh thinks his 'third base' comments from last year are 'kind of irrelevant' to this year's matchup," Griffin Strom tweeted Monday. 

The Buckeyes - who haven't lost since their trip to Ann Arbor last season -come into this weekend's game in Columbus with revenge on their mind.  

While Harbaugh's statement about Ryan Day "standing on third base" might have been forgotten in Wolverine circles, it's likely that the Buckeyes have used those comments as bulletin board material for the past year. 

Ohio State has dominated their opposition for most of 2022 by way of an elite offense fueled by star quarterback C.J. Stroud and wide receiver Marvin Harrison Jr. 

Michigan, though, has matched the Buckeyes through 11 games this season. A stingy defense combined with an explosive rushing attack has kept Michigan perfect ahead of this Saturday's pivotal matchup. 

The Wolverines and Buckeyes will kick off at Noon EST on Saturday in a game likely to decide the Big Ten's representative in the College Football Playoff.