Hokies have Ohio States full attention
COLUMBUS, Ohio - Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer met with the media on Wednesday to talk about Saturday night's game between Ohio State and Virginia Tech under the lights at Ohio Stadium in a game that should see Ohio Stadium's attendance record broken. But the thing that most fans will take out of the quick update is the big news that Meyer expects LeBron James to be in the house as the Buckeyes have their biggest recruiting weekend of the year on tap.
But outside of that, Saturday's game between the two traditional powers will have so much at stake as Virginia Tech tries to reclaim the spot that it had fought so hard in years past to earn, one of the nation's elite teams while the Buckeyes try to silence the doubters and focus on getting to 2-0 on the season.
Are the Buckeyes buying into any of the other distractions about Virginia Tech looking at this as a statement game?
"They are a very good team that is extremely talented and historically one of the top-10 teams in America and that is all we are getting ready for," Meyer said.
Getting ready for the Hokies will be no easy task after spending last week and most of fall camp (in some fashion) getting ready for the triple option of Navy. The Hokies run a much more traditional defense but coordinator Bud Foster has a history of running a varied assortment of blitzes and disguised coverages and it will be a challenge for the Buckeyes.
"Our defensive coaches are actually saying it is hard enough to play Navy and then all of a sudden a week after you wish you had an easier team than this," Meyer added. "We are re-teaching the pass defense so it really is new from spring ball with a bunch of new players."
A lot of focus will be on Ohio State's offensive line and they will not be able to use the excuse of being largely a unit of untested players after getting one game under their belts.
"O-line is much better and they settled down in the second half so they are no longer rookies, they are veteran players now," Meyer said.
Check out the rest of his comments from Wednesday's press availability above in this free update.