Ohio State coach Urban Meyer took to the Big Ten teleconference Tuesday afternoon to discuss an upcoming matchup with No. 7 Michigan State, as well as addressing an injury to junior cornerback Armani Reeves.
Meyer had praise for the Michigan State offense and said he understands the pressure surrounding Saturday night’s game. Heading into East Lansing, Mich., the No. 13 Buckeyes are 7-1 and 4-0 in the Big Ten — which is the same record as the Spartans.
- Meyer said Michigan State hasn’t changed a lot since last season, but he noted the Spartans now have “one of the best offenses in the country.”
- More on Spartans’ offense: “They’ve gone from being a good offense to a great offense.”
- He said the biggest concern for the matchup is good players, of which he added Michigan State has an abundance.
- Meyer said the Buckeyes’ are doing things on offense now that are “much different” from what they were doing in August when redshirt-freshman quarterback J.T. Barrett was new to the starting role.
- Meyer on Barrett: “He’s got the full capacity to run the entire offense.”
- He said he expects to have the same feelings of magnitude for the upcoming matchup with Michigan State that he did before last year’s Big Ten title game, which the Spartans won, 34-24.
- Meyer described OSU and Michigan State as “two sledgehammers” going head-to-head.
- He said there’s no room for role players in a no-huddle offense in reference to sophomore H-back Dontre Wilson’s need to keep improving and getting stronger.
- Meyer said he feels Michigan State redshirt-senior running back Jeremy Langford is “one of the top backs in the country and certainly one of the top backs in the Big Ten.”
- He said the Buckeyes haven’t had any issues with effort since his first season in Columbus two years ago.
- Meyer said Barrett has a “tremendous relationship” with co-offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Tom Herman and added the two are close. “As a head coach you love to see that kind of relationship between a position coach and a player,” he said.
- Meyer said Reeves “wasn’t cleared to play last week,” and said he’s not sure of Reeves’ status for Michigan State.
- Meyer on Reeves: “He’s a great kid, he’s having trouble focusing and they’re not quite sure exactly.”
- He said the trainers haven’t said Reeves has a concussion. “To be honest with you, I’m not quite 100 percent sure what it is,” Meyer said.
The Buckeyes and Michigan State are scheduled to face-off at 8 p.m.