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Ahead of Saturday’s matchup at Oklahoma, Ohio State coach Urban Meyer reached out to somebody who is pretty familiar with the Sooners: Houston coach Tom Herman.
Herman, the former Ohio State offensive coordinator, led his team to a convincing victory over OU earlier this month, so his former boss made sure to pick his brain about the No. 14 Sooners.
At his weekly Monday press conference, Meyer, whose Buckeyes moved up to No. 3 in the AP Poll after a beatdown of Tulsa, told reporters he asked Herman about some of Oklahoma’s defensive personnel, more so than specific schemes.
“We did talk to Tom. We got their thoughts on personnel. Because you see what you see on videotape,” Meyer said Monday. “It was more about personnel because they have a couple of new players in the back end of their defense, and what’s their thoughts on the defensive line. Schematically, not as much because we get the same videotape that they have. It was more about personnel.”
Herman’s Cougars put up 410 yards of offense in UH’s 33-23 win on Sept. 3, so he’ll definitely have a worthwhile perspective on what the Oklahoma defense brings to the table. And Meyer apparently isn’t the only Buckeye who wants to hear from Herman heading into Saturday’s game in Norman.
Buckeyes quarterback J.T. Barrett said he talks to Herman each Monday. Football will definitely be a topic of conversation this week.
JT Barrett said he talks to Tom Herman Monday nights. Said they usually talk more about life but they'll "absolutely" talk football tonight.
— Kevin Harrish (@Kevinish) September 12, 2016
Ohio State and Oklahoma haven’t played since 1983 — a 24-14 Buckeyes win. The only other meeting came in 1977. OU won that one, 29-28.
Saturday’s game at Memorial Stadium kicks off at 7:30 p.m. ET.
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