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Ohio State Football: Urban Meyer, Other CFP Coaches Talk Matchup's In Atlanta

Urban Meyer and the other three CFP coaches met in Atlanta ahead of the College Football Awards Show for a short presser.

Urban Meyer and the other three CFP coaches (Nick Saban, Chris Peterson, Dabo Swinney) met with the media to discuss the upcoming playoff and a chance to play for a national title while in Atlanta for the College Football Awards Show. 

  • Nick Saban said he has not yet determined if his offensive coordinator Lane Kiffin will be with the team for the playoff run if he leaves for a head coaching job. Kiffin has been rumored to be a finalist for the head coaching vacancy at Houston. 
  • Meyer said when the playoff was first in place, his first thought went to the players families and whether or not they could afford to watch their sons play. He commended the NCAA for their action in helping with the travel for the families. 
  • Meyer added that he initially thought about splitting up his staff before the first playoff run in order to handle practice and recruiting. He said that he found that he had to have "all hands on deck" in order to be successful however. 
  • Saban said he does not think either Alabama or Washington has a disadvantage or advantage by playing in Atlanta. 
  • Saban said he has been "very impressed" with the Huskies offense, particularly quarterback Jake Browning. He said he was impressed with his ability to ready the RPO (run/pass option) plays.
  • Meyer said he discouraged Tom Herman from taking other head coaching jobs before he left for Houston. Meyer said he was happy Herman left for the Houston job because of its proximity to football talent. 
  • Meyer recalled the 2014 loss to Clemson in the Orange Bowl, saying he remembers the Buckeyes struggling mightily on defense. 
  • Meyer said "we are still trying to figure that out," when it comes to stopping Deshaun Watson. He complimented Watson's size and arm strength and ability to run. 
  • Meyer said the Buckeyes will enter the game plan stage of bowl prep starting next week. Reiterated that the current week has been focused on fundamentals. 
  • Saban said he has been pleased with the way his team has handled being the favorite all season. 

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