Tom Herman knows a thing or two about beating Oklahoma. He did it just over a week ago, in pretty decisive fashion.
That’s why Ohio State coach Urban Meyer and QB J.T. Barrett are soliciting Herman’s advice as the Buckeyes get ready for the Sooners, who they’ll play in Norman this weekend.
Herman served as Ohio State’s offensive coordinator from 2012-2014, and won the Broyles Award as the nation’s top assistant during the Buckeyes’ national championship season.
“We did talk to Tom. Just got their thoughts on personnel,” Meyer told reports at his Monday press conference. “You see what you see on video tape. It was more about personnel, a couple new players on the back end of their defense…Schematically, not as much, because we get the same video they have. It was more about their personnel.”
Houston beat Oklahoma 33-23 as a 10-point underdog to open the season. The Cougars racked up 410 yards, 321 of those through the air.
It’s a little surprising, though, considering Houston would benefit from an Oklahoma win if it goes unbeaten and is in College Football Playoff consideration at season’s end.
Meyer said he doesn’t often seek advice from other coaches unless it’s a place he’s never coached, and since he has a strong relationship with Herman, he did in this case. Meyer has coached against Bob Stoops once — the 2008 national title game, which Florida won 24-14.
Barrett said he planned to talk to Herman on Monday.
Ohio State QB J.T. Barrett says he'll speak to Tom Herman on the phone tonight. "(Herman) is not a FaceTime guy." pic.twitter.com/dorEZTOJR3
— Tim Shoemaker (@TimShoemaker) September 12, 2016
Ohio State is a small favorite over Oklahoma at most sports books — the Sooners opened as a 1-point favorite, but betting action made the Buckeyes a 2-point favorite as of Monday afternoon.