In advance of Ohio State’s upcoming matchup against the Oklahoma Sooners, Urban Meyer has sought the advice of Houston coach Tom Herman, according to Fox Sports’ Bruce Feldman. The Cougars defeated Oklahoma by a score of 33-23 on September 3.
Prior to serving as Houston’s coach, Herman was Ohio State’s quarterbacks coach and offensive coordinator under Meyer from 2012 through 2014, including during their national championship run in 2014 despite relying on their third-string quarterback Cardale Jones in the latter portions of the season.
Following dominating wins over Bowling Green (77-10) and Tulsa (48-3) in their first two games, the Buckeyes are ranked third in the latest Coaches poll, behind only Alabama and Florida State. Their September 17 matchup against No. 14 Oklahoma represents their first real test of the season, so it makes sense that Meyer is studying up in advance of the game. The Buckeyes are facing more competition in the Big 10 than they figured entering the season with Wisconsin off to a strong start after defeating LSU in Week 1.
After losing to Houston in the opening game of the season, Oklahoma rebounded Saturday with a 59-17 win over Louisiana Monroe.
The Oklahoma-Ohio State matchup figures to be a battle between two top-flight junior quarterbacks. Oklahoma’s Baker Mayfield has thrown for 567 yards and five touchdowns already this season while completing over 70 percent of his passes. Ohio State features J.T. Barrett, who has thrown for 498 yards and six touchdowns while completing 66 percent of his passes.
Ohio State will likely enter as the favorites despite being on the road. Urban Meyer is 7-0 on the road against ranked teams since taking over as Ohio State’s head coach back in 2012.