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By Matt McCoy
Urban Meyer met with reporters following Wednesday's bye week practice. Here are some of the headlines.
Buckeyes versus Bama?
With Ohio State still undefeated and now in the AP top five, the question of 'how good are they?' seems to be popping up more and more. I blogged earlier this week that Urban Meyer was asked on the Big Ten teleconference if he imagines how his team would do against Alabama or Oregon..."I'd like to think we could play with those teams," he said.
Meyer was hit with it again after practice yesterday...How would the Buckeyes do in a head-to-head match-up against Alabama.
"I don't know...I just know what I see on T.V.," Meyer said. He then started to answer, but then decided he wanted no part of the question. "I guess I do know since I played against some of the SEC schools. Um....this will be a headline no matter how I answer this...so let's move on."
It is a no win answer. Good move coach.
Meyer said senior linebacker Etienne Sabino, out with a leg injury since the Nebraska game, continues to be on schedule to return versus Wisconsin.
"He's had two good days...he's practicing," Meyer said. "He's still got a little bit of a gimp but he's practicing. As a matter of fact he's running with the first team defense."
When the Buckeyes play Wisconsin, they'll face a straight ahead, power running team led by tailback Monte Ball. A productive Sabino, alongside Zach Boren and Ryan Shazier would be a major plus for the Buckeyes.
"That's our plan," Meyer said of Sabino, Boren and Shazier playing together. "Those are our three top guys right now. The next two games we'll need all three of those guys."
The linebacker depth is even thinner. Meyer said senior Storm Klein continues to battle a herniated disc in his back and his contact is limited.
Road Warrior coaches
Meyer's coaching staff has stayed busy this week recruiting. In fact most of the staff will be on the road and will miss Thursday's practice.
"We call it 'coordinators practice' on Thursday," Meyer said. "It will be the two co-coordinators on offense (Tom Herman and Ed Warinner) the two co-coordinators on defense (Luke Fickell and Everett Withers) and myself. Everyone else is gone."
Meyer said the 10-0 Buckeye season is making the recruiting calls he and the rest of the staff make, a lot more enjoyable.
"It's good...It's all positive right now," Meyer said. "(Recruits) kind of like the style. These kids nowadays want to see points and those types of things. I think they also know that there's an opportunity here for them because we have some holes we have to fill."
Well timed bye for Meyer
The bye week could not have been timed better for Coach Meyer. Saturday is senior day for the Georgia Tech women's volleyball team. It will be his daughter Nicki's final home match and Meyer will get to be there.
"I'll be right there," Meyer said. "She's a senior and it's unbelieveable. Her career is winding down. She's a 3.8 student and a captain so I get to watch her play. It's really cool."
Meyer's had 10 straight winning Saturday's this fall. Even though the Buckeyes are off, this week will be number 11.
Jim Tressel's Latest Moment
I blogged last week about a potential postive change in format for former Buckeye coach Jim Tressel's weekly "Moments" on Channel 3 in Cleveland. Rather than an awkward stand up in front of a camera, Tressel was interviewed by the anchors and he seemed much more natural. Well...so much for that. This week, it was back to the old format. Anyway, here's this week's edition where Coach Tressel ties the election, focus, football and life together in 90 seconds.