Urban Meyer: I'll hear it and think for a second
Posted by: Chris Vannini on November 13, 2012
Is it possible to have an under-the-radar undefeated season?
Because Ohio State is ineligible for the postseason, the Buckeyes are two games away from an undefeated season. There are currently four undefeated teams left in college football, and the other three are in the hunt for the national championship.
At his weekly press conference, Urban Meyer was asked if he ever thinks about what the Buckeyes will lose out on because of the NCAA penalties that had nothing to do with Meyer.
"You know, I could lie to you and say that I don't," he said. "Every once in a while, but not as much as I thought. I'll hear it and read it once in a while, and I have good friends in the profession that will make a comment, and I'll think for a second. But then I go back to knowing exactly who we were, and you go back to how we've won and who we are right now, and we're pretty fortunate where we are. Let's find a way to get No. 11.
"I tried years ago not to control what we can't control. We've got to have a really good Tuesday practice. We can control that. We can't control anything else."
The Buckeyes are still eligible for the Leaders division title, and a win at Wisconsin this Saturday would give them the crown, and it's something Meyer said will be talked about this week.
In the offseason, Meyer's arrival to the Big Ten was noted by a small war of words regarding Meyer's recruiting tactics, which upset a few other Big Ten coaches. One of those coaches was Bret Bielema. Meyer was asked if he and Bielema are back on the same page.
"Same page? I have a lot of respect for his team," Meyer said. "Other than that, we're fine. That was kind of a lot of stuff that was blown up. I've never had any issue other than they're a good team."
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