Urban Meyer's Ohio State squad heads to Norman, Okla., on Saturday night to take on the Sooners in one of four meetings of ranked opponents this weekend.
Ohio State has dominated Bowling Green and Tulsa in the first two weeks, cruising to a 2-0 record, but now we'll find out how real the Buckeyes are against a very motivated Oklahoma team. The Sooners need this game if they're to get back in the College Football Playoff conversation after losing their opener to Houston.
That Houston team is led by coach Tom Herman, who happens to be Urban Meyer's former offensive coordinator at Ohio State. The Cougars were incredibly effective against the Sooners, particularly on defense where they were constantly pressuring Baker Mayfield. Meyer told reporters on Monday that he's called Herman to get thoughts on what the Cougars were doing with personnel on the defensive side of the ball so he can work on scheming for Oklahoma.
"We did talk to Tom. We got their thoughts on personnel. Because you see what you see on videotape," Meyer said on Monday. "It was more about personnel because they have a couple of new players in the back end of their defense. Schematically, not as much because we get the same videotape that they have. It was more about personnel."
When it comes to slowing Mayfield, who spent most of 2015 making opposing defenses look foolish, any extra information can help, so it makes sense that Meyer would take advantage of his relationship with Herman.
Meyer isn't the only one planning on picking Herman's brain this week for Ohio State, though. Quarterback JT Barrett told reporters that he speaks with Herman on the phone each Monday and that his conversation this week will have far more football than normal.
JT Barrett said he talks to Tom Herman Monday nights. Said they usually talk more about life but they'll "absolutely" talk football tonight.— Kevin Harrish (@Kevinish) September 12, 2016
Ohio State will be using every available reference at its disposal to make sure they're prepared for Oklahoma on Saturday to maintain its top 3 ranking and undefeated record. The Sooners will be hoping that they execute better and make the necessary changes from the Houston game to make those conversations with Herman moot come Saturday night.