Ohio State's Urban Meyer, facing bowl ban, to place more emphasis on Michigan game
It won't even be eligible to play in the Big Ten championship game.
So, the question is: With the postseason off the table, will Ohio State place increased focus on its season finale against heated-rival Michigan?
"Sure," Ohio State coach Urban Meyer said Thursday at Big Ten media days in Chicago. "I don't know if you can add any more to it, but ... the big reason is hopefully, by the end of the season, it'll be two really good football teams who are going to play each other.
"Certainly in our own state, a buzz about it already was created."
Ohio State lost its final four games of the season to finish 6-7, its first losing season since 1988.
Meyer brings hope to Columbus, though, after his work at Bowling Green, Utah and Florida. He won two national championships with the Gators, and turned several quarterbacks into Heisman Trophy contenders.
His star pupil, Tim Tebow at Florida, became the first sophomore in the history of college football to win the award.
Meyer, as it happens, inherits a dynamic mobile quarterback at Ohio State in Braxton Miller. The sophomore is expected to prosper in the new spread offensive scheme.
But without a postseason state, will Ohio State be resigned to treating Michigan like a bowl game?
"I haven't made that decision yet on how we'll attack that game," Meyer said. "It will be our biggest game of the year, and we'll be ready for it. If we have to come up with some kind of gimmick or something to go play that game, that means we're not very good.
I've had to do that before. Coaches kind of circle the wagons and give out wristbands and do all kinds of crazy T-shirts and all that. (But) I'm hoping we're really, really good, tackle well and move the ball well and play a great game against a very good team."