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ESPN Analyst Reveals Impact Urban Meyer's Absence Has Had On Ohio State

Urban Meyer making an O shape with his arms as he walks onto the football field.

COLUMBUS, OH - SEPTEMBER 27: Head Coach Urban Meyer of the Ohio State Buckeyes leads the team across the field to the locker room before their game against the Cincinnati Bearcats at Ohio Stadium on September 27, 2014 in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)

We're currently waiting on Ohio State's Board of Trustees meeting to wrap up. It was expected that we would learn about the results of the Urban Meyer investigation today.

Even if Meyer winds up being suspended for meaningful time, one ESPN college football analyst expects big things from the Buckeyes this fall.

Joey Galloway, a former Ohio State standout wide receiver, appeared on SportsCenter this morning. He doesn't think the suspension has had a big impact on the team so far.

Joey Galloway says that if the Buckeyes "get through" the distractions that come with this Urban Meyer situation, they will win the Big Ten.

That might even be the case if Meyer is fired or suspended for the season, Galloway says. More from the ESPN analyst, via 247Sports:

"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.”

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“Ohio State is the most talented team in the Big Ten and I don’t think it’s close," he 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 Big Ten."

Galloway said the Buckeyes will win the Big Ten with or without Meyer this season.

39-year old co-offensive coordinator Ryan Day is the interim head coach, but the staff has plenty of other head coaching experience, beyond Meyer. Defensive coordinator Greg Schiano was at Rutgers for 11 years, transforming the program from a Big East also-ran into a solid team. Kevin Wilson, the team's other co-OC, was head coach at Indiana for six years.

Last week, Sports Illustrated's Ross Dellenger reported that Meyer was getting "all-will-be-well assurances" messages to recruits via his assistants. We shall find out soon.

[247Sports]