After their win against Nebraska, Ohio State players and coaches seemed more upbeat about their performance than the fans and analysts. Now that he's had time to reflect on it, what does Urban Meyer think of that game? Not to mention their upcoming contest against the country's top ranked rushing defense in Michigan State.
Here's what he had to say about those topics and more at his weekly press conference:
- He described the Michigan State game as being part of a "very strong rivalry."
- The linebackers are improving as a group, but there are still too many missed passes. He said the Buckeyes could have had 6-7 more TFLs against Nebraska if it wasn't for missed tackles.
- The impact of losing Nick Bosa has been "obviously big." Meyer said that would inevitably be the case when losing one of the top five players in America.
- Quarterback Dwayne Haskins has improved a great deal as a leader, but still has a ways to go in that area.
- The injuries on defense has made setting the roster on the defensive side of the ball like shuffling a deck of cards.
- Injuries, on the other hand, have kept the team very focused, simply out of necessity.
- Safety Brendon White has earned consideration as a starter, and that's a decision that will be made over the next couple of days.
- Meyer confirmed what we were told by players Saturday. They de-emphasized the run-pass option against Nebraska and instead called more traditional running plays.