Ohio State is not Michigan.
The Wolverines decided to cancel their spring game due to weather, but Ohio State is trying its best to work around the anticipated conditions on Saturday, April 14.
The Buckeyes moved their spring game time up to 11:45 a.m. ET and will be televised on Big Ten Network.
Ohio State is holding a coaching clinic on Friday and coach Urban Meyer talked with the media about the importance of playing Saturday.
“No. 1, it’s an opportunity for young players to play in front of a big crowd,” Meyer said. “That’s what we’ve been asking for for six years, and they’ve delivered. You have to see it. The development, it’s been here and it’s been real. How does that happen? You can simulate so much, but you can’t simulate that. I don’t want to find out who is going to tighten up or who is going to be distracted on Sept. 18, I’d rather find out now. One more opportunity to play in front of a big crowd, that’s No. 1.
“The big No. 2 is the recruiting element, that’s why we’re pushing social media. We need that crowd here tomorrow. I know it’s going to be a little bit earlier and all that, but we need that crowd because we’re always looking for separators, difference-makers and there’s a lot of things we believe that separate Ohio State from other schools, but the fact that you’re going to have every seat filled in the spring game is a separator.
Was Ohio State close to canceling the game altogether?
“Volt [Brian Voltolini] and Gene Smith were talking about it probably every two hours because they know how important I think it is,” Meyer said. “For a guy like Nick Bosa, it’s really not that important for him. But for Sevyn Banks and Tyreke Johnson and the quarterbacks competing for that spot, it’s going to be very important. Then obviously we’ve got some big-time recruits walking in, so that’s why we pushed it so hard.”
Ohio State’s 2018 regular season is scheduled to begin on Sept. 1 against Oregon State at Ohio Stadium.