On a positive note, Meyer said that sophomores Brandon James and Jarred Fayson will play, despite suffering injuries. He also said that Percy Harvin is as healthy as he's been this season.
On playing and coaching in rivalry games:
"Growing up, every Saturday I watched the rivalries," Meyer said. "I was able to coach in the Ohio State/Michigan rivalries and some great ones at Notre Dame. The ones down here are in my opinion greater than those. I was introduced and educated by our team on this one coming up. I just love it. The whole week is different and you can just tell it. The guys like [Derrick] Harvey and [Tony] Joiner have lived it for three years now and it's going to be an exciting week for us."
"This week we play a young football team that is going to be indoctrinated by a bunch of older players and the coaching staff," Meyer said. "I have great respect for their personnel. They are definitely a top-five personnel group; there is no question. It is going to be two sledgehammers taking a swing at each other on the third Saturday at Florida, which is a good deal."
On the rotation this week on defense:
"We'll rotate a lot of guys, some guys are better against the pass, some guys against the run," Meyer said. "Coach Mattison is going to work out that rotation. We'll play a bunch in there, they have to stay fresh so we can be where we need to be."
"I think this week, we're nowhere near where we need to be against the run. I think against the pass we've got two excellent defensive ends that can come off and get pressure and you can gain guys and get them in there and move them around in there. What concerns us is that they come up with that big offensive line and try and push you around which I think will be the attempt."