Urban Meyer Addresses How Dabo’s Ranking ‘Disrespect’ Helped Buckeyes

Speaking on Big Ten Network after Ohio State’s 49-28 blowout destruction of Clemson, Urban Meyer implied Dabo Swinney’s “disrespect” of voting the Buckeyes No. 11 in the final coaches poll was the motivation to flip a switch.

“The Buckeyes at one practice had 41 players because of COVID and other stuff going on,” Meyer said. He added that morale was down because players had to be away from their families for Christmas.  

“And then something happened. Disrespect. When Coach Swinney came out and ranked them 11th behind Iowa State and Coastal Carolina — you know, I don’t want to make too much of that, but you try to get your teams to practice the best you can,” Meyer said.

“I can tell you I was told they had the three best practices they’ve had in a long time right after that.”

The results: 639 yards of total offense from Justin Fields, Trey Sermon and the crew. Defensively, Ohio State gave up just 44 rushing yards. Fields’ six touchdown passes tied a school record.

In mid-December, while talking about Ohio State making the Final Four, Dabo said it’s “almost like you’ve got to have 120 hours to get a business degree and yet these people over here only need 60 hours to get a business degree.”

Dabo said Friday night after the Sugar Bowl that there are no regrets giving Ohio State that extra motivation. In fact, he doesn’t think polls motivate teams.

“No, I don’t regret any of that,” Swinney said on his Zoom press conference. “And polls have nothing to do with motivation. Both teams were highly motivated to play. And, listen, they’re a great team. As I said, that had nothing to do with Ohio State. I said they were good enough to beat us, good enough to win the whole dang thing. But I didn’t think anybody that didn’t play at least nine games, in my poll, that I wasn’t going to put them in the top ten. So I wasn’t going to change that just because there was a chance we could play them. So I don’t have any regret about that.

“Only thing I regret is obviously not doing a good enough job getting my team ready. But I don’t regret anything about that at all.”

Written by Joe Kinsey

I'm an Ohio guy, born in Dayton, who roots for Ohio State and can handle you guys destroying the Buckeyes, Urban Meyer and everything associated with Columbus.

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  1. I really dont get all of the negative publicity that Dabo is getting. Yes, his team lost but what he said is absolutely true. The NCAA is so hypocritical because when it’s dealing with players, the rules remain in place, but when it benefits the NCAA, they alter the rules to benefit them financially.

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