Wisconsin has to play 'darn-near perfect' to upset Ohio State, Urban Meyer says
Appearing on the Big Ten Network on Wednesday, former Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer offered his preview of Saturday’s B1G Championship Game between the No. 1 Buckeyes and No. 8 Wisconsin Badgers.
While not outright dismissing Wisconsin’s chances, Meyer knows the Badgers face an uphill battle.
“I can promise you the amount of respect (for Wisconsin) is immense in the locker room and offices at Ohio State,” Meyer informed everyone.
“That’s a Heisman-style running back (in junior Jonathan Taylor) and a well-coached team. I think Paul Chryst is one of the unsung heroes of our profession. I love who he is and what he stands for. I’ve had many great games against him and his players. Great respect for them.
“What can they do? They have to play darn-near perfect football, which they’re capable of doing. They can’t turn the football over one time. Can’t do it. They can’t give away free yardage. That means a bad snap or a stupid sack – just the things that happen. They can’t do that.”
247Sports shared further comments from the CFB on FOX analyst on Twitter:
"(Wisconsin) has to play darn-near-perfect football, which they're capable of doing…"
— 247Sports (@247Sports) December 5, 2019
One of the most successful coaches in the history of the sport, Meyer won 85.4% of his games during a 17-year career with the Bowling Green Falcons (2001-02), Utah Utes (2003-04), Florida Gators (2005-10) and Ohio State (2012-18).
A three-time national champion, he guided the Buckeyes to their first title since 2002 in the inaugural College Football Playoff in 2014.
A Madison, Wisconsin native, Chryst is in his fifth season at the helm of his alma mater. Previously serving under Barry Alvarez in 2002 and 2005 and Bret Bielema from 2006-11, he has posted a 52-14 record and has taken the Badgers to a bowl game in each season.
Taking place at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, Saturday’s action will kick at 8:00PM ET on FOX with Gus Johnson, Joel Klatt and “The All-American Girl” Jenny Taft on the call.