Having your head coach absent from practice, especially so close to the start of the season, would affect any football team at any level. That is, unless, you ask ESPN college football analyst Joey Galloway.

Recently, Galloway made an appearance on SportsCenter to talk about the Urban Meyer situation and what his absence from Ohio State over the last two weeks means for the program and the players. In a bit of a surprising response, Galloway doesn’t think the Buckeyes have been too affected by the situation.

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“I’ve been there a couple times and they look good,” Galloway said. “Everyone is working hard. I think it comes out when you get into game time and there’s decisions that need to be made in the game. That’s when you realize how important it is to have a head coach like Urban Meyer.

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“But when you’re at Ohio State, the coaching staff is made up of guys who have coached football a long time at a lot of different places. So as far as the ability to coach this team, they’re fine.”

Meyer is considered to be one of the top head coaches in college football, making it a little hard to believe that things are running so smoothly in Columbus. But Galloway stood by his words.

He credited Ohio State’s mindset to the coaching staff and a roster loaded with talent.

“Ohio State is the most talented team in the B1G and I don’t think it’s close,” Galloway said. “Penn State has closed the gap and Michigan has gotten a lot better. But Ohio State is still the most talented team. Now, they’re dealing with some distractions and if they get through that, they’ll win the B1G.”

Though the situation involving Meyer is still in flux, there are several who believe the Buckeyes are still the favorite to win the B1G and potentially earn a spot in the College Football Playoff.

The decision on Meyer’s future is expected to be announced Wednesday.