Urban Meyer criticizes Michigan football for soft non-conference schedule

Urban Meyer criticizes Michigan football for soft non-conference schedule

Something that has become a hot topic in college football of late is non-conference scheduling. It’s especially relevant this week, as we just saw Michigan State play Washington for the second year in a row, and Ohio State will face Notre Dame in a top ten match-up.

Meanwhile, Michigan has only had to play lowly Bowling Green, UNLV, and East Carolina. They aren’t projected to face a ranked team until November, when they face Penn State and Ohio State.

In the Big Ten, Michigan has been criticized heavily for this type of scheduling, and in the SEC, Georgia has come under fire for the same reasons. On his podcast, Urban Meyer was highly critical of how Michigan schedules their season:

“Then the other thing is now you’re in a 12-game playoff starting next year and I think these games are going to go away and I’m scared about that,” Meyer said on Wednesday’s edition of Urban’s Take with Tim May. “Look at the team up in Ann Arbor (Michigan). You shouldn’t be allowed to play that schedule. Georgia is playing a schedule that, at the end of the day, you’re supposed to be penalized for that, and they’re not.

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Urban Meyer praises Nebraska’s defense

Nebraska may be 0-2, but a National Championship head coach has high praise for the Husker defense.

Nebraska may be 0-2, but a National Championship head coach has high praise for the Husker defense. Former Ohio State and Florida coach Urban Meyer sat down with Gerry Dinardo to break down the Cornhuskers 3-3-5 defense.

Meyer had positive things to say about the Cornhuskers and their new scheme.

“That Nebraska defense, they’re playing their hearts out. That’s the story. It’s a new scheme. It’s a well-coached defense, they tackle in space and they play really hard. New (defensive) coordinator Tony White has done a phenomenal job.”

When asked by Big Ten Network analyst Gerry DiNardo why a team would want to run the 3-3-5 defense, Meyer made three succinct points.

  1. The multiplicity of blitzes you can attack an offense with.
  2. It forces the offensive line into single blocks
  3. The ability to drop eight players into pass coverage.

You can watch the entire segment below.

Find a photo gallery of Nebraska’s first two games below.

Urban Meyer: Rutgers football has found its edge, says the rebuild “will be a success”

Urban Meyer believes in how Rutgers football is being rebuilt under Greg Schiano.

Urban Meyer is not only a believer in what Rutgers football has done so far this season, but the former Ohio State and NFL head coach believes that the rebuild of the program “will be a success.”

Meyer, who won three national championships as a college head coach, likes the direction of where head coach Greg Schiano has Rutgers headed. Schiano once served on Meyer’s staff at Ohio State as a defensive coordinator.

Rutgers is off to a 2-0 start this year, with a season-opening win over Northwestern followed up by a Saturday night win over Temple. Saying that “Rutgers is doing a great job,” Meyer spent time with Big Ten Network analyst Gerry DiNardo where he talked about why Rutgers is off to a good start this season.

Meyer offered a long and detailed answer as to why he is buying the Rutgers rebuild.

“Rutgers is 2-0. Two big wins. A conference win against Northwestern and against a good Temple team,” Meyer told the Big Ten Network.

“I was talking to him and he made a comment to me…It’s his second stint at Rutgers.

“His whole focus now is finding that edge. What’s the edge? If I’m Ohio State, you know what my edge is? I’m going to get Nick Bosa and Chase Young and a bunch of other great players. He’s at Rutgers, he’s got quality players, he has a heck of a quarterback right now. But he has to find that edge in the program.

“He’s come up with three things. Number one is the ball, which is the most important thing in the program. If they take care of the ball on his mind and in his player’s mind, they won’t lose.

“Right now, they’re plus-two in the turnover ratio and they’re 2-0. The second one is swarm. They want to out-effort everybody. He feels that they will not go into a game this year that the team on the other sideline will outplay them.

“You watch them play right now, there is effort all over the place. He considers himself the ball coach, the swarm coach and then number three is CHOP. It’s been around Rutgers for a while. That’s Greg’s word that he uses.

“He trains his players to focus on the moment. In the game of football, one of the worst things you can do is to be thinking about something that happened before. A turnover, a mistake – that paralyzes a player. The second thing you don’t want to do is worry about the future, what’s happening next. Why am I not getting the ball?

“Live in the moment, play as hard as you possibly can in the moment. That’s their edge.”

DiNardo agreed with Meyer’s assessment, saying that Schiano’s mentality and “that he is a fanatic” about his program’s principles.


“They’re 2-0 and you know what? You look at his first stint at Rutgers, that was a success,” Meyer said. “This will be a success as well.”

Urban Meyer believes Texas is the No. 1 team in the country

“Top to bottom, I think Texas is the best team in the country.”

Texas received high praise from former national champion head coach Urban Meyer this week. Continue reading “Urban Meyer believes Texas is the No. 1 team in the country”

Ted Ginn Jr. has bold proclamation about Ohio State vs. Florida BCS game in 2007

We wished this too Teddy #GoBucks

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Heisman Trophy winner [autotag]Troy Smith[/autotag] led an offense that boasted star receiver [autotag]Ted Ginn Jr.[/autotag] among others. The Glenville pair made their marks in Columbus, but couldn’t bring home a title.

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It seems Ginn watched as well and took to X, the website formerly known as Twitter, to let everyone know his feelings.

It’s hard to argue with Ginn. The Buckeyes offense looked completely off without their best deep threat after he was hurt celebrating his opening kickoff house call. Unfortunately, this what if scenario for Ohio State fans still stings to this day.

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Urban Meyer has an interesting pick for 2023 national champion

You know what this really means, right?

Any and every chance that Urban Meyer has to slurp on Ohio State, he does. Every chance he has to put down Michigan football, he does.

And on Friday night, he didn’t do either. Really.

At halftime during the Michigan State vs. Central Michigan game on FS1, the Big Noon Kickoff crew made their College Football Playoff picks. Matt Leinart had the Wolverines in the playoff, but not winning it all. Meyer came on next and when he had an opportunity to select OSU as in and winning it all, he uncharacteristically punted, instead saying the winner of ‘The Game’ will be in and win a national championship.

While that may be true, when have you ever known Meyer to not outright proclaim the Buckeyes as the likely better team? We’ve certainly seen other analysts pick Ohio State, or even Penn State, as in, and Michigan as out.

Yet, that’s not what Meyer is doing here.

Our opinion? He knows that the Buckeyes might not be as strong as usual, plus he’s seen Michigan — in his mind — inexplicably run them off the field the past two years. And many are saying this is Jim Harbaugh’s best team.

Let the season begin.

Urban Meyer is high on LSU heading into the 2023 season

Urban Meyer picked LSU to beat Florida State, and he’s considering the Tigers as a CFP team.

Recent NFL tenure notwithstanding, Urban Meyer knows what it takes to win at a high level.

The former Florida and Ohio State coach won three national titles during his college coaching career, and he sees Brian Kelly’s team as one that could be of that caliber.

On a recent episode of “Urban’s Take with Tim May,” Meyer picked the Tigers to beat Florida State in Week 1, and he seems to be entertaining picking LSU to make the College Football Playoff.

“We’re gonna pick our final four on Big Noon this week,” he said, per On3. “I’m not quite finished with it. I keep watching film this week and reading up on some of the teams. But LSU, they’ve got a fine coach in Brian Kelly. I coached against LSU. I always tell people, ‘They just look different.’

“They’re so talented and that hasn’t stopped,” he said. “NFL player ratio, they’re right at the top right now. So that’s gonna be a very talented team. I pick LSU in this game.”

LSU hopes it has a CFP ceiling in 2023, and that begins with a matchup against a top-10 opponent in Florida State.

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Urban Meyer says Texas is “loaded” ahead of 2023

Urban Meyer is confident in this Texas offense.

Former championship winning head coach Urban Meyer was recently discussing the Texas roster ahead of the 2023 season and had very high praise for the team.

The buzz around the Longhorns has been growing and growing as the season approaches, with Texas being favored in all but one game and expected to win the Big 12. The hype has gone from Texas fans praising their own team, to analysts and experts hopping on the hype train as well.

The latest to do so was former Florida and Ohio State head coach, Urban Meyer. When talking to Tim May of Lettermen Row, Meyer raved about how deep this Texas team was.

“They are loaded. There’s a five-star athlete at every position on offense.”

Meyer is correct, as this Longhorns team is the deepest squad we have seen since 2009 headlined by five-star quarterback Quinn Ewers. Joining Ewers is one of the best receiver corps in the country, a stacked running back room with four and five-stars littered throughout, and an offensive line that is one of the best units in college football.

Texas will be putting their new loaded offense on display come Sept. 2. As for Meyer, he is one of the analysts for Fox Sports and can be seen previewing games each Saturday.

Urban Meyer says Texas’ 2022 season changes if Ewers stays healthy

“If Quinn Ewers doesn’t go down, I believe Texas beats Alabama and the whole 2022 season is completely different.”

A three-time national champion head coach is high on the Texas Longhorns’ prospects in 2023. He thinks the team would have been great last season if outside circumstances did not upend the Longhorns’ season.

Former Ohio State and Florida head coach Urban Meyer said the following of the Texas Longhorns’ deep roster.

“They are loaded. There’s a 5 star athlete at every position on offense. I watched them against Alabama last year. They should have won that game. If Quinn Ewers doesn’t go down, I believe Texas beats Alabama and the whole 2022 season is completely different.”

There’s no way of knowing what would have happened if Ewers stayed healthy all of last season. What is clear is this team has the pieces to be special in its own right. When Meyer says the Longhorns have a five-star at every offensive position it’s hardly hyperbole.

Five-star quarterback Quinn Ewers leads a talented backfield with five-star Cedric Baxter Jr. set to back up Jonathon Brooks at running back. Xavier Worthy, a former On3 five-star, leads a receiver room that also houses freshman five-star Johntay Cook. Add Ja’Tavion Sanders, Kelvin Banks and Devon Campbell into that elusive class.

Texas has recruited four-stars in bulk for several seasons, but never has it had the elite talent it currently has across the board. It will look to overwhelm with its five-star talent in the upcoming months.

Urban Meyer says Death Valley is a ‘tough ass place to play’

Urban Meyer is high on the Tigers entering the season, and home-field advantage is part of the reason for it.

Urban Meyer knows a thing or two about how difficult it is to win at Tiger Stadium.

The former national championship-winning coach at Florida and Ohio State made three trips to Death Valley while with the Gators, and during “Urban’s Take with Tim May,” Meyer offered a lot of praise for the environment.

He’s optimistic about the direction LSU is heading in under Brian Kelly. Between Kelly’s leadership and the home-field advantage of Tiger Stadium, Meyer sees the Tigers as a team that can compete for a spot in the College Football Playoff.

“I think LSU has a fine coach,” Meyer said, per On3. “I think he adapted much quicker than I thought. LSU is a tough ass place to play. He’s a good tough coach now. So I got Texas and LSU are two teams that I see them, if not in playoff, they’re gonna be right there.”

LSU will hope that Meyer, who won the CFP’s first championship following the 2014 season, is ultimately right about this team’s ceiling.

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