Dec 30, 2013; Fort Worth, TX, USA; (L to R) Navy Midshipmen linebacker Cody Peterson (53) head coach Kenneth Niumatalolo and wide receiver Matt Aiken (85) hold the trophy after the game against the Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders at Amon G. Carter Stadium. Navy beat Middle Tennessee 24-6. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer on preparing for Navy: ‘It’s awful’


While a lot of people have high hopes for the Ohio State Buckeyes winning the national championship in the 2014 season, let’s please be clear on one thing: That first game of the season on August 30 against Navy is no joke whatsoever.

It’s very easy to get cocky, especially with an out-of-conference opponent to begin the season, but this is a very good program the Buckeyes are dealing with, and one of the best rushing teams college football has to offer.

So, how has the early preparations been going for the opening game of the year against the Midshipmen? Well, quite frankly, they’re giving Coach Urban Meyer a headache.

“It’s awful,” Meyer said of preparing for Navy. “It’s a great opponent. We’ve been working on it, not necessarily in practice because we haven’t had time; we’ve been trying to change some things on defense, but we’ve already addressed that. We’ll spend time in training camp preparing for that game.”

As we’ve seen throughout the years, Navy can strike at any moment, against any opponent and the Buckeyes are no different. Should they win the game? Absolutely. But do the changes on defense that Coach Meyer is talking about need to be made for that to happen? Yes, more than anything the team does this summer in workouts.

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  • Kediji Scarletngraysplash Reed

    Ok, so you just needed to write something.. anything.. But, you neglected to check stats? Buckeyes gave up 109.4 yards rushing peer game, good for 9th in the country. Hardly “awful”.

    • http://saturdayblitz.com/author/jorgensen/ Jack Jorgensen

      Coach Meyer said it was “awful,” so ask him about it. He’s the one who said, “awful.” And, he wasn’t talking about the rush defense in itself, he was talking about the preparation for a good rushing team like Navy.