Urban Meyer Presser Recap: Michigan

By Kyle Rowland on November 25, 2013 at 12:06p

For the first time maybe in the history of the Ohio State-Michigan rivalry, some dressed in scarlet and gray are looking even further north than Ann Arbor – to East Lansing. With the Wolverines suffering another down year, the Big Ten Championship Game against Michigan State a week later actually carries more significance.

But that thought has not penetrated the stately walls of the Woody Hayes Athletic Center. Players who are part of the Ohio State-Michigan game would never overlook the opponent. In Columbus, legacies are judged on how one performed against the maize and blue.

“We’re not looking forward to the championship game. We have a huge game coming up this week,” senior running back Carlos Hyde said. “We want to focus on that, try to get the win in that, then focus on the next one.”

  • Offensive champions vs. Indiana: Andrew Norwell, Taylor Decker, Jeff Heuerman, Devin Smith, Chris Fields, Carlos Hyde, Corey Linsley and Braxton Miller. Hyde and Miller were co-players to the week.
  • Defense: Bradley Roby, Joey Bosa, Ryan Shazier and Michael Bennett. Shazier and Bennett were co-players of the game.
  • Special Teams: Vonn Bell player of the game.
  • Meyer said Shazier had 54 production points against Indiana. He said 30 is the most he'd ever seen until Shazier's performance.
  • Meyer raved about Braxton Miller finding Jeff Heuerman open on 3rd and 17. He called it Miller’s best play as a passing quarterback.
  • A native of Ashtabula, Meyer said he learned to dislike Michigan at a very young age.
  • “It’s not just another game, it’s not.” –Meyer on the Michigan game. He said there’s an extra pep in everyone’s step this week.
  • Curtis Grant and Armani Reeves should play Saturday, according to Meyer.
  • A Muck Fichigan banner on campus when Meyer was a graduate assistant at Ohio State in the 1980s taught Meyer the magnitude of the rivalry. He remembers it being very cool. The M and F were changed around eventually, but the students were asked to take it down after that, Meyer said.
  • Meyer said Saturday was impressive, especially in poor playing conditions. He said he sees the team getting better and better each week. Meyer lauded Miller for his improvement throughout the season. “He’s playing quarterback.”
  • Michigan will be ready, Meyer said. It’s a throw-out-the-records type game where the previous games don’t matter. “We will get their best team.”
  • Meyer said he always likes brining up past history of rivalries. He said he might tell the story about the 1969 game later in the week. At Utah, Meyer said he gave assistant coaches a quiz on BYU.
  • During his career at Florida, Meyer had to play Florida State and the SEC Championship Game in consecutive weeks. He called it a difficult situation and said staying rested is extremely important.
  • Meyer said the defensive game plan against Indiana may have been the best all season. Credited Luke Fickell with the job he’s done.



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Hovenaut's picture

“It’s not just another game, it’s not.”

I'll not hate John Cooper, but I hate he didn't see the game this way.
Tress reinstituted the importance, Urban is reiterating.

Buckrific's picture

Shouldn't it read "sun and blue?"

toledobuckeyefanjim's picture

I like mustard and blue.

Seattle Linga's picture

I'll go with Urine and Blue

BUCKSOMIES's picture

They will be Black and Blue when the Buckeyes get done with them.

carton's picture

I say Diarrhea and  Blue.

Buckeye419er's picture


There can be only one

Bucksfan's picture

Go Buckeyes!  BEAT M!CH$G@N!!!

Optimistic Buckeye Pessimist's picture

It’s a throw-out-the-records type game

And this is exactly why we need to bring our best game.  No one cares who is supposed to win and who has the better team.  Do not let them ruin the season.

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bassplayer7770's picture

I refer back to last season when Coach Meyer said,

"Let's beat the $h!t out of Michigan!"

Ethan's picture

Meyer said the defensive game plan against Indiana may have been the best all season. Credited Luke Fickell with the job he’s done.

Should we put this in the "Fire Fickell" thread?

whobdis's picture

To me..it was the classic 'bend/no break' D. Indiana moved up and down the field but had troubles in the redzone. Frankly this type of D can be tough for buckeye fans to watch. They did keep the pressure on for most of the game and we rarely seen the 3 man rush. I still thought the DB's were playing off quite a bit..but it worked. My concern in the M game is Gardner getting outside and getting easy yardage. When we play our DB's deep they have some ground to make up. We'll see.

gunni070's picture

I was there, and the db's were playing off 8-10 yards for much of the game.

Boxley's picture

Even more shocking over at BN, Duane Long put out an article that actually had a lot of nice things to say about LF. Has the world gone mad?

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niblick's picture

thank you, beat me to it.

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Meyer said the defensive game plan against Indiana may have been the best all season. Credited Luke Fickell with the job he’s done.

We should probably fire him....

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berkeleybuckeye's picture

Any news on Philly Brown's injury? Will he play saturday? 


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osubuck57's picture

Believe the game plan will be a lot different this week with Gardner, Gallon, and Funchess. Their running game scares no one, but they can throw the ball. Hope Roby and D.Grant have big games.


Ethos's picture

yeah he throws perfect spirals, right to the DB and corners.  The kid is injured and scared shitless that his line sucks so bad.  He'll be jumpy, i'm expecting another Roby pick 6 :)

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We're going to see more blitzes, stunts and disguised coverages from Fickell this week than the entire season up til now. scUM's OLine is terrible and the way to destroy their O is to beat the snot out of them in the trenches. They make that a lot easier because they are so screwed up mentally and constantly make mistakes when they hand off blocking assignments as the DLine makes pre-snap moves or stunts. This makes them incredibly vulnerable to run and pass blitzes alike. If we do that well, scUM's entire O will fall apart like a wet donut in Hoax's fat, grubby paws.
The fact is that Gardner is not a very good QB and doesn't have the experience to recognize coverages. This is why Sparty hurt them so bad...Gardner was confused in the pocket, took too long and got his a** handed to him as his protection fell apart. The guy just makes really bad decisions when pressured. Our front is going to pin their ears back and Shazier is going to be Gardner's worst nightmare.
scUM's D is adequate but nowhere near good enough to stop our O. Mattison is going to get out-schemed and out-manned this year. We're going to hang a lot of points on him.
My prediction; Gardner goes out early with an injury and our D gets to feast on the tender young Shane Morris for the rest of the game

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Seattle Linga's picture

Boren is still in this guys head - All it will take is one huge hit, sack, interception, pick six ....... I'll let you take your pick!

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Left Coast, your entire premise falls apart due to your flawed logic about a wet donut in Hoax's hand. The donut would never last that long.

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LeftCoastBuck's picture

An astute observation. +1

"Have a Coke and a smile!.....along with $150 in UM football tickets"

CC's picture

•During his career at Florida, Meyer had to play Florida State and the SEC Championship Game in consecutive weeks. He called it a difficult situation and said staying rested is extremely important.

Muschamp will never have to worry about this.

Ethos's picture

and it is all Urban Meyer's fault!

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allinosu's picture

I'm glad reeves is ready but I wonder about him in with burrows playing so good. Go bucks

AndyVance's picture

He may not be "politicking" just yet, but has anyone else noticed a decidedly more upbeat tone to Coach's comments in recent weeks? He's gone from being the team's biggest friendly critic (rightfully so) to really pointing out the amazing and positive improvements the team has made on both sides of the ball.
I think this is both part of his master motivational strategy to get the team peaking at the right time, and a subtle version of BCS politics.

Knarcisi's picture

He knows what he's doing with this ... agreed.

Earle's picture

I think it is more of the latter than the former.  Not that the Buckeyes can't get incrementally better, but I think the team he has now is more or less the team that it's going to be.  No point in talking them down now while the rest of the country is doing it. 
I think Urban still has some influence in the national landscape, and now is the time to use it.  If they don't show it on the field, it won't matter, but a couple more impressive victories, and talking up the Buckeyes starts to have a little more weight behind it.

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buckeyeEddie27's picture

I really hope Fick unleashes the hounds on Gardner.  Bring the house all day and make him scared of his own shadow.

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

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Anyone have a link to the hype video for The Game they were playing at the Indiana game?

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Seattle Linga's picture

Thanks for the write up KYLE - great bullet points as always!

Squirrel Master's picture

How in the world did Cam Burrows not get Champion!!!! come on Urbs.
I'm not so certain we should be all that concerned about getting Curtis back on the field for this game. Let him rest another week, although I know he wants to play UM.
I just don't see a reason to play anything other than nickel or dime. I would even go 3/3/5 or 3/2/6. UM's running game is putrid, there should be no respect for it. I would be more concerned about getting a high/low (CB under, safety over) on Funchess and Gallon the whole game. Make Gardner either beat us with his feet or by getting the ball to someone else. Sure it might give up some plays but when the offense is averaging 50 PPG, just shutting down the big plays would go a long way.
Doesn't matter, we have Shazier! They don't, end of story!

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Jonnferrell's picture

I'm glad UFM is going to point out the importance of the 1969 game.  We had another huge undefeated streak going into Ann Arbor that year.  We were supposed to win.  We lost 24-12.  Damn them.  I hate them. 

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weirdscience's picture

How many TFLs does Shazier get in THE GAME? I expect him to be even more maniacal than usual this week. 

bucks_4_life's picture

its 6:45pm and Michigan still sucks!

The juice is worth the squeeze

WOLFofOHIO's picture

Fuck Michigan. We ready you Fucking skunkbears!!!

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

mfoster's picture

Cannot, I repeat, cannot overlook the Michigan Meatchickens.....Ohio State should have learned a valuable lesson in 1969 and it should not be repeated!! GO BUCKS!!!!!!

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