Meyer, Swinney Eager to Finish Season Strong

By Kyle Rowland on January 2, 2014 at 9:18a
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 “12-2 is a lot different than 13-1. Winning a BCS bowl game is extremely important.” –Urban Meyer

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – Four weeks later, the game is here – almost.

Head coaches Urban Meyer and Dabo Swinney spent the month of December trying to find a crack in the opponent. Considering Ohio State and Clemson are coming off losses, it shouldn’t be hard to do. But these teams have only lost a combined five games the past two years.

On Friday night, the Buckeyes and Tigers will try and build their status, which could be a benefit in 2014, the first year of the four-team playoff. 

“To get [win] No. 25 would obviously be amazing,” Ohio State senior left tackle Jack Mewhort said. “I don’t know the historical significance, but as a Buckeye football team, we’d be really excited about it.”

  • Christian Bryant’s medical redshirt appeal was denied, Meyer said. He doesn’t know if another appeal is possible. “Appeals haven’t been very kind to Ohio State lately,” added Meyer.
  • Meyer said he doesn’t care if the game is checkers or Ping-Pong, he wants to go and try to win. Not playing in the national championship game doesn’t change the approach to the Orange Bowl.
  • The focus is on OSU and Clemson, Meyer said. But he doesn't deny a win is big for national perception and the Big Ten. “Guys are working extremely hard on closing the gap [with the SEC].”
  • “I caught the end of the Rose Bowl. I found myself pulling for the team in green real hard.” –Meyer
  • On personnel issues, Meyer said Vonn Bell and Tyvis Powell will start at positions they've never played, but he said defensive goals remain the same.
  • “12-2 is a lot different than 13-1. Winning a BCS bowl game is extremely important.” –Meyer
  • Leadership was very poor after last season, Meyer said. But he said he's impressed with how guys have responded – Mewhort, Jordan Hall, etc.
  • There’s been no determination on permanent captains, according to Meyer.
  • Meyer said Bryant's leadership evolved into a team spokesman-type role at the Penn State game in 2012. He said his loss is huge.
  • Meyer on the NFL being a distraction during bowl weeks: “Has it ever happened? Hundreds of times.” He said it’s even disrupted practice.
  • Ohio State’s trip to South Florida isn’t just about winning a BCS game. Recruiting is another component. Recruits have been present at all of the Buckeyes’ practices and Meyer referred to South Florida as a “primary” recruiting area for Ohio State. 
  • “Jamal Marcus is going to be a disruptive guy. He's one of our more talented guys on defense.” –Meyer
  • In 2009, Fla. lost to 'Bama in SEC title game, missing out on the BCS championship. Meyer said he referenced those practice notes this week.
  • Players Meyer’s been impressed with during bowl practice: Bell, Powell, Billy Price, Corey Smith, Jalin Marshall and Michael Thomas.
  • On Tim Tebow, Meyer says, “I hope his playing days aren't over.” Meyer said he’s never had serious discussions about Tebow joining him at Ohio State. He said he doesn’t want to disrupt Tebow’s dream of playing in the NFL.
  • Swinney said it’s been a long prep time for the Orange Bowl. He said the staff has tried making the week in Miami as normal as any other game week.  Swinney said he will tell his team to enjoy the opportunity and moment they have Friday night.
  • Clemson tight end Stanton Seckinger missed practice with a sprained ankle on Wednesday. This morning, Swinney said the Tigers’ health is good and that Seckinger should play.
  • “The mistake you can make for a bowl is overpreparing for an opponent. It becomes boring, it becomes stale.” –Swinney
  • Asked about the OSU secondary, Swinney praised the unit and said he’s seen improvement throughout the season.
  • “They have some big old hogs up front that allow them to run the football.” –Swinney on OSU offensive line.
  • Growing and maturation has been a key characteristic in describing Clemson the past two seasons, Swinney said. Since it lost to West Virginia, he said there’s been a total 180 inside the program. The Tigers are 21-4 since that game.
  • “Ohio State is more than one or two players. That’s why they’ve gone 24-1. That’s almost unheard of in modern football.” –Swinney
  • “I remember every loss, EVERY loss. None of them are pretty. There’s no ugly win and no pretty loss in my book.” –Swinney
  • A major issue in Clemson’s two losses this season, to Florida State and South Carolina, was turnovers. The Tigers turned it over a combined 12 times in those two games. Said Swinney: “That ball is 12 ounces of gold, man. When you put it on the ground, it affects everything.”
  • Asked about the Woody Hayes punch, Swinney said it’s an unfortunate part of the history for both teams’ programs. In his eyes it doesn’t diminish Hayes’ legacy. “There’s been a few times I’d have liked to punch a couple guys, too,” Swinney said, laughing and joking.
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Arizona_Buckeye's picture

Great comments from Swinney, especially wanting to punch a few people himself!!!
As for the Buckeyes - I thoroughly expect them to come out pissed off and ready to play!  I think Clemson is in for a big surprise!  You only have to look at the Fiesta Bowl game to understand that nothing is set in stone and the unexpected can be expected!  I see Braxton Miller and Carlos Hyde going out in a blaze of glory to end their Buckeye careers on a great note!!!

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Remy's picture

Christian Bryant’s medical redshirt appeal was denied, Meyer said. He doesn’t know if another appeal is possible. “Appeals haven’t been very kind to Ohio State lately,” added Meyer.

"I'm sick of following my dreams. I'm just going to ask them where they're goin', and hook up with them later." ~ Mitch Hedberg

Remy's picture

On personnel issues, Meyer said Vonn Bell and Tyvis Powell will start at positions they've never played,

I'm not sure if this is good or bad news for the defense.
Glad to see Bell on the field, but nervous he's playing a position he's never played.

"I'm sick of following my dreams. I'm just going to ask them where they're goin', and hook up with them later." ~ Mitch Hedberg

NitroBuck's picture

Yup, that comment jumped out at me too.  so did this one:

Jamal Marcus is going to be a disruptive guy. He's one of our more talented guys on defense.

That is reassuring.  Now my concern is with dept behind Marcus.  As much as Clemson is expected to pass, whoever backs up JM is likely to be on the field quite a bit.
Go Bucks!

Ferio.  Tego.

NitroBuck's picture

On personnel issues, Meyer said Vonn Bell and Tyvis Powell will start at positions they've never played,

My guess is that means we'll see Bell at Safety and Powell in the Nickel, but seriously, I would not mind seeing one of them in Roby's spot.

Ferio.  Tego.

Crimson's picture

You switched them.  Powell has been Nickel and will now play Safety.  Bell has only started as Dime (I think), and he'll now start at Nickel.  I somewhat wonder if they should just put Bell at Safety so that Powell will keep the same position, but what do I know.

Hovenaut's picture

Ready to close the season on a high note, eager to see a strong game on both sides of the ball.
Urban standing next to all those oranges brings back memories....

 

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rkylet83's picture

We better not lose to a guy named Dabo...just sayin'.

wyatt's picture

At least his name is not Dabo Tebow.

Rjr88's picture

I mean no disrespect to Clemson and it's fans, especially because I think Dabo is a likeable guy, but it is time for us to put up style points!
We need a statement win.
In the Big 10, Clemson would be nothing more than middle-of-the-pack.
Style points ... let's get some momentum going into next year!

RJRbuckeye

southbuc's picture

Clemson would be #3 in BIG.

Northbrook's picture

To me our O depends on if we see good Brax or bad Brax. Brax is one of those guys who keeps me alternating between WTF and THAT WAS AMAZING. Need amazing Brax tomorrow for a win.
Who knows on D with two DBs playing new positions and a new starter at DE.

sigzeta's picture

“The mistake you can make for a bowl is overpreparing for an opponent. It becomes boring, it becomes stale.” –Swinney
 
I could not agree more. It is probably a good time to stop preparing, Dabo, and let those Clemson boys go out and party tonight. You probably are boring them already. Let's not let them get stale. 

BoFuquel's picture

Lose this game The Head should roll. GO BUCKS!

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cinserious's picture

How awesome would it be to steal one more thing from the Florida Gators, Tim Tebow. Tebow recruiting South Florida in full OSU gear, standing on the sidelines and in practice inspiring young men to be the best Buckeyes ever. "Whats that Florida? You never had Tebow, he's been a Buckeye the whole time.

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Condor's picture

He'd be a great assistant. I'd love to have him at OSU.

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