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By Matt McCoy
Week one for the Buckeyes was a success in terms of the ultimate goal..winning. Ohio State dispatched Buffalo 40-20 but other than the 23-0 blitzkrieg in the first quarter, style points and consistancy were lacking.
"Complacency is certainly not a problem this week," Meyer said Monday at his weekly press luncheon. "There's been times where you smoke a team and then all of the sudden, you're going in on Tuesday and you start trying to get after them and they are just looking at you...because they have just been told how great they are. As much cleaner (a game) all of us would have liked to have seen, it's a great opportunity for us to coach them hard and get better Tuesday and Wednesday."
Ohio State might need to create their own motivation this week because San Diego State didn't provide much for them. The Aztecs, who won nine games last year, including an upset of highly respected Boise State, opened 2013 with a 40-19 loss to FCS program Eastern Illinois.
"This Eastern Illinois team played outstanding and scored some big plays against their man coverage," Meyer said. The Buckeye coach also predicts a much better Aztec team in the stadium Saturday.
"I've coached against (San Diego State head coach) Rocky Long before. He's an excellent football coach...(he's) tough and guys play real hard...and they won nine games last year."
Here are some other headlines from Tuesday's press conference.
On the return of suspended tailback Rod Smith..and its affect on Jordan Hall:
"I don't know, that's a good question. Last spring I had the intention of making Jordan Hall more of an H but an H that can come in motion and that's when he can cause issues for defenses...so I don't know. We'll see how (Smith) practices. I hope he does earn the right to carry the ball because that will free up Jordan Hall to maybe help us in some other areas as well."
On the return of DB Bradley Roby, who is back after his one game suspension:
"Ever since the incident occured, which...by the way, once the videotape came out there was no assault, there was no battery there was no..whatever...I think he learned a really strong lesson. He's done everything we've asked him to do and I'm anxious to get him back on the field."
On his dissatisfaction with the offensive line performance vs Buffalo:
"For the most part we played okay...we just can't get exposed. Whenever that happens what do you do?..You go back to your fundamentals and keep working and keep grinding. I have the utmost confidence in our offensive line and their position coach (Ed Warriner)..what he did with them a year ago and what he is doing now...they will play much better and they have to."
On the offensive performance:
"I want to score every time we get the ball. I'm disappointed if we don't score...We have some talented guys, our coaching staff has been together and we should have been better...I have high expectations for our offense, very high..and I think we graded very average for this game."
On the cramping issues that sidelined several players versus Buffalo:
"We can't have guys leave the game...Josh Perry didn't play that many plays and all of the sudden he's out of the game...I'm still trying to figure that one out. We have to make sure our guys and I have to do a good job, the training staff and the players, take care of yourself because we can't have those issues because that will be a major league problem...No one has that much depth."
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