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By Matt McCoy
Without a football game to coach last weekend, Urban Meyer spent some time watching college football. His Buckeyes are 6-0 and ranked third in the coaches poll and fourth in the AP. The first BCS poll comes out Sunday but projections have Ohio State either fifth or sixth right now.
Now that he's seen some of the competition, how does Meyer think Ohio State stacks up?
"I think we're right there, I think we're a good team," Meyer said. "We're not an explosive (team). Some of these teams are real explosive teams...If I had to grade us, we're not explosive from first to fourth quarter."
Meyer is aware that many Buckeye fans are obsessing over the rankings and are growing concerned that another undefeated season may not be enough to get Ohio State into the national championship game...but for the coach, it's too early for that.
"Water cooler talk and good conversation is 'Where are you (nationally)...how's it going?..what's the future look like?'... Wait a minute...we're just trying to have a really good practice today," Meyer said. "I like this team, I really do. They're good people, they're guys that play hard, I love the emotion I see in the locker room at times. I like this team (but) where are we? I don't know. We're 6-0 and doing the best we can to get first downs and stop people."
To listen to all of Urban Meyer's Monday press conference click HERE:
Hall, Schutt back
The bye has given running back Jordan Hall's injured knee an extra week to heal and it appears the senior will be back Saturday versus Iowa. Meyer said Hall was ready to practice Monday. Also returning is defensive lineman Tommy Schutt, who suffered a foot injury during training camp and has missed the first six games.
Going into the year, Schutt was expected to be a valuable part of the Ohio State defensive front. Defensive tackle Joel Hale said his return is welcome.
"I'm so excited to have Tommy back. The entire defensive line is excited to have him back," Hale said. "It'll be good to fit him into the rotation and get him in and get him moving."
Linebacker Curtis Grant was away from the Buckeye team Monday to attend the funeral of his father, who died last week in Richmond, Virginia.
“Prayers are out to Curtis and his family,” Meyer said. “It's just a tough situation.”
Meyer said he expected Grant to be back to practice this week and to play Saturday when the Buckeyes host Iowa.