Meyer, Ohio State Won't Comment on BCS Until After Big Ten Championship Game

By Kyle Rowland on December 2, 2013 at 4:00p

Same story, different week. Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer will not discuss the BCS ramifications until after the Big Ten Championship Game is completed. Then, if the Buckeyes win, he’ll turn his attention to stumping for his team. But a win should remove all doubt, whether Auburn athletic director Jay Jacobs likes it or not.

Gene Smith said his concerns, like Meyer’s, rested on Michigan State. A defensive end on Notre Dame’s 1973 national champions and later a coach at his alma mater, Smith is well aware of the challenge the Spartans present. From Meyer’s standpoint, doing anything than preparing for Michigan State would be a disservice to his team.

“I’ll have a comment on Sunday,” he said when prodded about the BCS. “We play a game. That’s cheating my football team. There will be no conversation about what happens after this game until after the game. We’ve got to go watch Michigan State’s defense and see if we have any comments about anything after this game.”

Jacobs made a stir on Sunday when he said it would be “un-American” to leave a one-loss SEC team out of the national championship game. Most of that language was directed toward Ohio State, not No. 1 Florida State. The SEC is in the midst of seven consecutive national championships and unless the Buckeyes or Seminoles lose this week, it’s all but certain to come to a screeching halt.

Florida State is an overwhelming favorite to beat Duke in the ACC Championship Game and most think Ohio State will defeat Michigan State, shutting out Auburn or Missouri and much to the chagrin of Jacobs. 

“An SEC team can’t get left out with one loss,” Jacobs told USA Today. “We just beat the No. 1 team in the nation. ... And a one-loss SEC team that wins in Atlanta – if it’s us or Missouri – you can’t get left out of the BCS after you beat the No. 1 team. We have a better argument because we beat the No. 1 team.”

The Buckeyes’ message trickled down from the top. Smith and Meyer both made references to what lies ahead in the immediate future, not what could possibly be in store for January. On Sunday night, Meyer only made one reference to the BCS before moving on the Michigan State.

At Florida, Meyer was 2-1 in SEC title games. He understands the magnitude of the moment but also the difficulty it presents. The game comes a week after playing your archrival, and in Ohio State’s case, it wasn’t your normal Michigan game. It was perhaps the most emotionally draining in the rivalry’s history. Now they get a physical, smash-mouth defense that’s slowed down virtually every offense it’s faced this season.

“This will be a very stiff challenge for us. Excellent, excellent defense and a much-improved offense that is scoring a lot of points,” Meyer said. “It’s as fine a defense as there is in America.”

The same can’t be said for the Buckeyes’ beleaguered unit. They gave up 600 yards for only the second time in school history – and a heaping pile of points. The offensive-minded Meyer understands how important that side of the ball is, though. His teams at Bowling Green, Utah and Florida all developed into good defensive teams and he noted all the resources he’s put into defenses during his career.

For what awaits Saturday, Meyer knows a repeat performance cannot happen.

“We won’t win the game. We won’t win that game this time,” he said. “That’s just very simple. We have to play much better.”

And that’s exactly what he expects, throwing his support behind the embattled unit. Meyer said he expects an improved day’s work. One way or another, Ohio State continues to win to the tune of 24 in a row.

“This team finds a way to win,” he said. “It’s a very purpose driven team that cares about each other. If one side of the ball is not playing particularly well, the other side has picked them up over the last two years.”


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German Buckeye's picture

EXACTLY what I want to hear.  We cannot put the cart before the horse - we have a very tough opponent to take care of in Sparty and Coach Dantonio.  GO BUCKS! 

Ralph Waldo Enarson's picture

Regardless of your feelings toward Gene Smith, you gotta admit he's looking a hell of a lot more professional than Auburn's AD.
It's not even necessarily that ADs shouldn't be politicking, just that Jacobs looks like a buffoon spouting off about things being "un-American." Glad to see Smith taking the right approach, and you can bet if the time comes for him to talk he'll choose his words a lot more carefully.

OSU1995's picture

I think this shows that we are clearly in the driver's seat of this situation (i.e. win and were in).

“You have to make decisions, ... I've never pretended that every decision I've made was right. And I've been reminded of that.” 

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Denny's picture

Hey look our coach isn't going to talk about it maybe we also shouldn't talk about it because unqualified people talking about hypotheticals are silly, just like any of us talking about particle physics.


Doc's picture

I hope the defense finds its footing before Saturday.  Not that the offense is getting a free pass, our passing game needs to improve.  Hopefully the indoor heated environs will help this.  This one scares more than any other we've played to date.

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Run_Fido_Run's picture

Bubba: "You can't get left out of the BCS after you beat the No. 1 team."
Billy Bob: "So, if Missouri beats Auburn, they shouldn't be in the NCG because they didn't beat the No. 1 team?"
Bubba: "Ughh . . . actually Missouri should be if they beat Auburn because a one-loss SEC winner can't get left out, period . . . that's basically an automatic qualifier right there!"
Billy Bob: "I'm confused. So, now you're saying that it doesn't really matter that y'all beat the No. 1 team after all because a one-loss SEC champ gets in anyway . . ."
Bubba: "Shut up, Billy Bob."

igo43's picture

Your comment sums it up quite nicely.
Plus, if the SEC is so dominant, how did a mediocre Missouri team from the Big 12 get to the SEC championship game in what, 2 years? Bubba? Billy Bob?

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GOOMBAY's picture

My only quibble is that this exact conversation is playing out beyond the Bubba masses among the "professional analysts" on ESPN.

cinserious's picture

Professional ANAL-ists.

One day I will valiantly become a political prisoner of 11W jail.

Colorado Buckeye's picture

just keep winning, just keep winning...

Pain heals. Chicks dig scars. Glory lasts forever!

CGroverL's picture

Of course Michigan State is what our Bucks should be thinking about.....that is the game that gets them into the BCSNCG which is the prize at the end of the rainbow, right?
The funny thing is that all SEC backers want to say that only the Buckeyes' last 12 games count toward this seasons title game while making sure that we all know how UNFAIR it would be to keep a one loss SEC team out of the BCSNCG BECAUSE of what the SEC has done over the last SEVEN years.....How does that make any sense? The Buckeyes' 2012 season doesn't matter but what the entire SEC conference (not any one team) has accomplished in the PAST SEVEN YEARS IS SUPPOSED TO MATTER? 
To Jesse Palmer, David Pollack, Jay Jacobs, and all other hypocritical ESPN SEC backers: "Open mouth and insert foot"
Only SEC fans are allowed to have their cake and eat it too. They will say anything to make sure that they get an SEC team in the BCSNCG and it makes me sick to see how completely absurd their words are along with how enormously ENTITLED they think an SEC champion is....even if it is a team that is just 2 years removed from a Big 12 conference or an Auburn squad that has just had 2 miracle finishes and a loss to a 3 loss team. They all are 100% pathetic.
Pound Michigan State first, Buckeyes....then let those arrogant SEC people find out the hard way that "An closed mouth gathers no foot". Besides, who ever said that the BEST CONFERENCE definitely holds the nations BEST TEAM? It doesn't.
On top of that, too much is put into "strength of schedule". SOS is just another bunch of guesses added to biased opinions as every team matches up differently with every other team. That is the entire problem with SOS and it is also the reason why SOS should mean nothing and plays way too big of a deal when it comes to a team's resume or "total body of work". After all, when Baylor blew out Buffalo after Ohio State beat Buffalo by 20 points to start the year, a bunch in the media said that Baylor was a better team than Ohio State. Those people that thought that are now sitting with foot in mouth as well.
Just keep winning Buckeyes....We all know who is worthy and who deserves to go to which bowls...just like the begging SEC backers do, they just have a problem swallowing their pride as they are choking on they obviously deserve to.
Just win and keep doing it the Woody way... Run the ball down the #1 defense's throats, Buckeyes. I'd like to see Auburn or Missouri try to run the ball against Michigan State like our beloved Buckeyes will. The Bucks WILL run for 300+ yards in their win over Michigan State and will win convincingly. If they win in a tight game, that should simply go to prove how strong Michigan state is....but SEC backers will blame a close Buckeye win on Ohio State being weak. A WEAK TEAM WITH A POSSIBLE 25 GAME WINNING STREAK, too. How ridiculously hypocritical is that? I'll tell you.... It is just as hypocritical as having 5 of the top 9 teams in last season's final AP poll coming from the SEC, just like it is hypocritical to have the #3, #4, and #5 teams in the BCS all coming from the SEC. Pollsters, as well as the so-called "SEC fans" (what exactly is an SEC fan anyway? Is it a person that has 14 favorite teams? I have just one favorite team just like EVERY BUCKEYE FAN). Since when is swallowing some pride and giving credit when credit is due so hard to envision?
It is a FACT: SEC followers are the WORST fans in sports as they just root for the best SEC team even if it is their REAL favorite team's biggest rival as ALL Alabama fans are now rooting their hearts out for a huge Auburn win. Things like this make me treasure being a Buckeye fan because I'll be damned if I'll root for Michigan to make the title game just a couple of days after they beat Ohio State....but trust me, that is what Tuscaloosa is doing RIGHT NOW as they care about nothing but their CONFERENCE and that is 100% despicable and hypocritical. Thanks to ESPN's former SEC QB "analysts" for showing us all exactly how full of hate that SEC fans and followers are.

"I hope they're last in everything". One of Meyer's comments when speaking of TTUN after being hired at Ohio State.



jmoore3309's picture

Saturday will certainly be a challenge, but we do have several factors that play to our favor.

  • With the game in a dome on a fast track, I think that certainly favors our speed.
  • Braxton can take the glove off his throwing hand.  I believe he has worn the glove the last three weeks and IMHO has not been the same passer.
  • Defensively, I don't think we could have a better situation.  I am sure the coaches will have their attention this week and I expect a pissed off unit on Saturday.  I don't think the situation would have been the same had we blown out TTUN.
  • Was it me, or did it seem the playbook was different Saturday.  Where was the quick passes to the outside to stretch the D?  It was as if (and they were right) that they knew they could just pound the ball down their throats.  I expect a full arsenal on Saturday.  

Go Bucks!

Buckeyevstheworld's picture

Braxton can take the glove off his throwing hand.  I believe he has worn the glove the last three weeks and IMHO has not been the same passer

He's worn the gloves since the Iowa game.

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southernstatesbuckeye's picture

What so many people conveniently overlook is that Auburn did NOT beat the #1 team in America in the 2013-14 season.
Alabama was LAST year's champ.  Yes, they were slotted in the number one position because of the finish last year, but that slot is simply a projection of where they could end up.  Alabama hasn't been extremely impressive, and neither has the vaunted SEC old hats, seeing that Mizzou and Texas A&M are ripping the SEC a new anal cavity, after being middling programs in the Big 12.
So, Mr. Jacobs...isn't it obvious that you did not beat the number one team yet...and given the scenario that FSU and OSU take care of business, you will NOT have beaten the number one team?
Go refill your Koolaid glass and have another one while the SEC takes a much overdue beating in perception of its grandeur.
I fully expect the SEC to have a less than average bowl season.  I would not be surprised to see them lose more than they win.  Let's watch it unfold and giggle loudly in their direction when it does.

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Ocbucks's picture

I just realized Jim bollman is their offense coordinator.  Our defense is going to look much better :).  MSU gave up 28 points to Nebraska and Indiana. Are they really that good or did they not play any good offenses?

buckskin's picture

I cannot understand this whole SEC conference thing.  I don't know about you, but I don't "claim" or "partake" in any of Michigan's national titles for the sake of the B1G.  Hell no, if anything I am pissed we didn't win it.  Un-American?  The best thing that AD can do for his school is keep his mouth shut and let the play of his team on the field do the talking.