Urban Meyer Presser Recap: Illinois

By Kyle Rowland on November 11, 2013 at 2:02p
Meyer's ballot: 1. Alabama 2. Ohio State 3. Florida State

The Illibuck is up for grabs this week, not that anyone cares – or is aware. It’s an irrelevant trophy that means virtually nothing to both Ohio State and Illinois, no matter what those schools players and coaches tell you.

What is on the mind of every member of the Buckeyes is a trophy of a different sort – the crystal football awarded to the national champion. As November came into focus, the sights of a national title in Columbus looked dim and verged on unrealistic. But after Oregon’s loss last Thursday, Ohio State is one Alabama or Florida State slipup away from playing in the Rose Bowl the week after the Rose Bowl.

“The goal of this team is to come back faster and stronger than they went into the bye week,” head coach Urban Meyer said. “I’ve got to make sure we’re not worried about anything like that.”

A majority of the week was spent getting healthy. The rigors of the Big Ten means bumps and bruises come November. Now it’s clear sailing until the Big Ten Championship Game, a likely date with Michigan State.

  • Meyer’s Coaches Poll ballot: 1. Alabama 2. Ohio State 3. Florida State. He said Baylor and Stanford are fourth and fifth but he doesn’t know what order. Meyer’s rationale for the Buckeyes’ place is their playing like one of the best teams in the country. He said he’s had them second all season.
  • Meyer admitted that Ohio State is on the outside looking in when it comes to the BCS title game. He said it's used as motivation for the team. The message to the team is win the game but look great doing it. Meyer said practices are at a very high level.
  • Braxton Miller only completed one pass the last team he was at Illinois. It was partly due to wind and the performance of the offense. Meyer said you always have to prepare for wind, but added that Miller’s a completely different quarterback. “Night and day.”
  • Meyer said Jack Mewhort has turned himself into high-level pro prospect. He called Mewhort one of best leaders he's been around, a benchmark.
  • Curtis Grant has been hampered by an ankle sprain and lower back injury. Meyer said he will practice tomorrow.
  • Meyer said he’s still worried about depth and production at linebacker. He said OSU’s linebacking corps was arguably the best in the country over the past decade but he hasn’t seen that group the last two seasons. Meyer lauded Ryan Shazier, said Grant still isn't at the level they would like and that Joshua Perry is developing better than expected. 
  • Overlooking Illinois or any other opponent is an impossibility, according to Meyer. He said the team has invested too much into the season to screw it up.
  • “We’re a better functioning team.”
  • Meyer said he spoke to Florida Atlantic AD Pat Chun about the vacant head-coaching job. Meyer said they talked about a profile of what type of guy they need to hire, qualities, etc. and that he gave Chun names of OSU assistants that would be a good fit.

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Young_Turk's picture

Wow, seems to me you buried the lead.  

Meyer said he spoke to Florida Atlantic AD Pat Chun about the vacant head-coaching job. Meyer said they talked about a profile of what type of guy they need to hire, qualities, etc. and that he gave Chun names of OSU assistants that would be a good fit.



tennbuckeye19's picture

Yeah, that first sentence makes it sound like Chun talked to Meyer about taking over at FAU. Ha. 

Young_Turk's picture

We got this one guy, his name is Overmy Deadbody.
And there's this other guy, his name is Kissmy Ass.


holtzy's picture

I say we send Smooth Jazz down for an interview.  He'll be a great coach someday.  Why not start now?

ajbosu1's picture

Any news on Decker's sprained ligaments?

Buck U's picture

Meyer said Decker practiced today and will be ready for Saturday.

Hovenaut's picture

Glad the bye is over.

Angry team, the Chase is here!

Nice updates, interesting tidbit on the discussion UFM and Chun had.

gobucks96's picture

Color me in the crowd of wanting Decker to dress and sit on the sidelines. Hope we don't need him and he can get an extra week to heal.. That cat might be the most important one on the roster for next year...

Yamosu's picture

I care about the Illibuck!  Let's keep it in columbus.  We should also bring back a live turtle.

Northbrook's picture

Hell yes, get as many turtles as you can.

Toilrt Paper's picture

Terrapins, we want terrapins.

wibuckeye's picture

It's so refreshing to hear a coach answer questions honestly compared to the dumpster fire marshal up in Ann Arbor.


jkrk's picture

You kidding me? I wish he'd answer every question with "I don't know, I guess our preparation was better."

Idaho Helga's picture

No, all his sentences start with "ummmmmm, uhhhhh, wellllll"

ibuck's picture

Now it’s clear sailing until the Big Ten Championship Game,

TOSU still has to win @ Illinois in windy conditions and at home vs a very good Indiana offense, before they head for ttun. These teams will play out of their minds / over their heads vs the Buckeyes.
One. Game. At. A. Time. 
One play at a time. Focus is needed. 
AND style points.

Our honor defend, so we'll fight to the end !

If you can't win your conference, just quietly accept your non-playoff bowl game.

RedStorm45's picture

Style points no longer matter.

Scarlet_Lutefisk's picture

TOSU still has to win @ Illinois in windy conditions

I agree with 'one game at a time' but a windy day in Champaign hurts the Illini more than it does Ohio State.

avail31678's picture

Especially since Mr. Hyde can run through them all day if the passing game is hampered.  This is not a trap game.  We do, however, need to look as good as possible.

Scarlet_Lutefisk's picture

Illinois is also a very pass heavy team. If Scheelhaase is hampered due to severe wind (or Spencer/Washington/Bosa/Marcus in his grill) they don't have a strong run game to fall back on. Conversely Ohio State is beastly on the ground.

WOLFofOHIO's picture

This wolf is ready for opposing blood now...

there is no greater joy than watching Michigan get slammed. in anything

okiebuck's picture

While watching the Alabama-LSU game; I couldn't stop wondering if that DePreist kid from the Dayton area is one of those recruiting "misses" at LB that Urban and Fickell have mentioned this season. The kid was all over the field.

"Fate has cards that it don't want to show"

buckeyeEddie27's picture

If memory serves I think he had zero interest in OSU.  Kid's from Springfield (my home town).  My little sister is or was friends with his little sister.  I asked my sister about him once and according to what my sister heard from his, he was tired of people bothering him about not going to OSU.  "Just didn't want to"   
I know that sounds like some serious Ferris Bueller heresay, but it's just what I know about the kid.

I know there's a game Saturday, and my ass will be there.

whobdis's picture

Yea..he was a big miss. At the time there wasn't that much worry though..Sabino was rated as a top 5 guy then we signed Grant and the same for him. I think Dorian Bell (?) was supposed to be a 5 star guy as well. Just to many misses with guys we DID sign. Honestly I thought Mitchell would be playing this season as well. Makes you wonder

sivaDavis's picture

I got caught while browsing on 11W today at work. My boss comes up to me, looks over my shoulder, sits on my desk and asks, "What's going on with Taylor Decker? Any updates?"... This has nothing to do with this post but I just had to tell all my friends on 11W that Ohio State Football has completely taken over my workplace, and I'm so glad for you all contributing to that. 

"I've had smarter people around me all my life, but I haven't run into one yet that can outwork me. And if they can't outwork you, then smarts aren't going to do them much good." - Woody Hayes

D-Day0043's picture

Absolutely love the Woody Hayes quote on your sig.

I am D-Day0043 and I approve this message.

Arizona_Buckeye's picture

I want 70 points on the board against Illinois - we have a ton of payback to deal out!!!

The best thing about Pastafarianism? It is not only acceptable, but advisable, to be heavily sauced

Homey1970's picture

I don't know what I'll do if Urban takes over that FAU job!

nm_buck's picture

I heard FAU is his dream job.

"The future is bright at Ohio State."  - Urban Meyer 1/1/15

Idaho Helga's picture

I'm going to say style points DO count.  If we barely beat Illinois or Indiana and Baylor continues to rack up big scores the computers won't care but the humans sure will.

Toilrt Paper's picture

Urban doesn't like "style points". He just wants to win the game and look great doing it.
I think that might be close to a Tresselism.

osubuck57's picture

Was just about to say the same thing. Everyone is just waiting for OSU to slip up or come out sleep walking so they can have Baylor or Stanford leap-frog us. We absolutely need to come out with all guns blazing for the next 3 weeks.


fanatibuck's picture

I concur!