Ohio State survived Happy Valley with a double-overtime win at Penn State on Saturday, giving Urban Meyer and the Ohio State coaching staff plenty of teaching points going into this week's prime-time game vs. Illinois. Below are bullet point updates of the coach's usual Monday press conference.
--Before the press conference began, Ohio State defensive end Joey Bosa was named Big Ten player of the week for his six-tackle, 2.5-sack performance including the winning sack at Penn State.
--Ohio State had to change up practice plans this week because of the late return from Penn State, moving its usual Sunday practice to Monday afternoon.
Meyer said quarterback J.T. Barrett has a sprained knee and will be limited a little this week in practice. He is expected to play, though, against the Illini.
Meyer says J.T. Barrett is "one of the toughest cats around." Especially the way he ran tough and hard in the overtimes to win the game with that knee injury. Still figuring out exactly how limited he'll be but he will be.
Because of the late return from Penn State, the practice schedule tweak means the Buckeyes will get the young players who didn't play much a lot of work today.
On health issues other than Barrett, Meyer said he can't think of any as far anything resulting from the Penn State game. Devan Bogard is going to have ACL surgery, which Meyer had said last week. Brionte Dunn is close to coming back from his leg injury, while Rashad Frazier and Cam Burrows should be able to play vs. Illinois.
Meyer was asked about the atmosphere against Penn State helping down the road at MSU and said "It's not a good thing, it's a great thing." But then he's asked if he's glad it happened, and he immediately shakes his head and goes, "No." Meyer says a lot of players just didn't play well
As for the conservative offense, "We did what we had to do to win the game. It was ugly. It was nasty. ... But we won a game in a tough environment." Happy with the game management as far as winning the game.
Meyer said he'd been pleased up until the Penn State game with the pace of play but wasn't happy with their tempo against the Nittany Lions. They did slow things down a bit once Barrett through the pick-six and appeared a bit "rattled," in Meyer's words.
Meyer said on Barrett's pick six, he technically made the correct "hot" read but a more experienced quarterback would have seen the situation and just thrown it away. Credits Penn State for scheme of the blitz.
Asked about the College Football Playoff rankings coming out, he has no idea what the criteria is. But he considers the BCS and the playoff rankings very similar. Sometimes style points matter, but now it's just about being in the top four, not top two.
Meyer praises Joey Bosa for being a "practice player." "He's better than he was at the beginning of the season." Says his run defense has gotten better.
Meyer said OSU is checking its offensive tendencies really strong right now. They're noticing teams are scheming up some of their looks.
On putting in Cardale Jones to run on a third-and-short: "That was the head coach's thing that didn't work." Is a big guy that runs well, plus Barrett was dinged up. And Cardale jumped rather than lowering a shoulder.