Urban Meyer is still employed by Ohio State – he’s the assistant athletic director – but he has another side gig this year that college football fans will find interesting. Meyer will be an analyst for FOX’s college football pregame show on Saturdays. Friday, we got a taste of what Meyer will bring to the table.
Appearing on The Herd, which was being guest-hosted by Doug Gottlieb, Meyer talked about what ultimately led him to choose Florida over Notre Dame. He also revealed his favorite team he’s coached.
Later on in the segment, Meyer was joined by his new coworkers, including Reggie Bush, Joel Klatt, Matt Leinart and Brady Quinn. He gave an interesting bit on Oklahoma’s “biggest issue” heading into 2019.
Meyer believes it’s Oklahoma’s defense that will its biggest question. He also said he believes that head coach Lincoln Riley is making the necessary changes to address it.
“Lincoln Riley is such a good offensive coach – the staff consistency, the offensive consistency – he’s very adaptable to different players. My issue at Oklahoma is going to be on defense. It’s the obvious.
I think the offense will pick up right where they’re going. He’ll change a little bit. Because obviously Kyler Murray is a different player than Hurts. However, it’s all about defense at Oklahoma.
You can’t advance and be 100th in pass defense. You can’t. So they have to get better. And they did. You have to give them credit. He identified a weakness. Made wholesale changes. Brought in a new defensive coordinator. That’s going to be Oklahoma’s issue.”
Trevor Lawrence has the attention of @MattLeinartQB:
"He just gets it, he understands it… I've never seen a freshman quarterback play like that." pic.twitter.com/J5iCMaOyCy
— Herd w/Colin Cowherd (@TheHerd) August 23, 2019
It’s the obvious answer, but it’s also right. Meyer’s Ohio State teams played Oklahoma in a home-and-home in 2016 and 2017, so he knows what he’s talking about when it comes to facing the Sooners.
Oklahoma’s title hopes will hinge on Jalen Hurts’ play and whether the defense can improve from a year ago.