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Today is Tuesday, Sept. 27, and this is your Ohio State Wake-Up Call.
Urban Meyer the next head coach at LSU?
With Les Miles and Cam Cameron out of a job at LSU, the potential SEC powerhouse in Baton Rouge is now looking for a new leader. With a big program like this, the expectations for who gets the coaching position after interim coach Ed Orgeron should be pretty high and the Tigers are shooting for the stars, according to Football Scoop.
If Orgeron doesn’t earn the job, sources tell FootballScoop that LSU’s committee believes they can and should land a home run. “Their sights are on national championship caliber, proven head coaches,” a source with knowledge told FootballScoop this morning. During the initial, exploratory phase, we are told to expect LSU, through representatives, to gauge the interest of some of the top coaches in college football, including Nick Saban, Urban Meyer, Bob Stoops, Jimbo Fisher and Tom Herman. Right or wrong, sources tell FootballScoop that LSU believes they will be able to attract a coach of that caliber.
It makes sense for LSU to want Meyer. Urban Meyer had a long and storied career with an SEC school, winning two national titles at Florida. He can compete with Nick Saban, and Louisiana’s fertile recruiting ground would be heaven for him. And he’s certainly proven he has the propensity for turning a program back to its winning ways, as he has done in Columbus.
But Urban Meyer isn’t going to LSU, so don’t worry.
In fact, the Buckeyes head coach isn’t even showing up on the Vegas big boards.
Whoever set these LSU coaching odds for BookMaker.eu clearly has not seen Kingsbury's teams play defense. pic.twitter.com/wZuCo73yvc
— Stewart Mandel (@slmandel) September 26, 2016
Honestly, it’s more likely that Miles or Cameron takes a job in Columbus as assistant coaches than Meyer leaving his Buckeye coaching gig.
For now though, Meyer is focused on one thing, and that’s beating Rutgers.
Asked if any head coach is safe anymore after LSU fired Les Miles, Urban Meyer smiled and said, “Just gotta beat Rutgers, man."
— Eric Seger (@EricSeger33) September 26, 2016
K.J. Hill, Justin Hilliard out with injuries
The Buckeyes are going to have to go into Big Ten play this weekend without two key members of their 2015 signing class.
Meyer announced in his Monday news conference that wide receiver K.J. Hill will miss three to four weeks after undergoing surgery on his sprained right ankle. That will give him a tentative return either on the road against Wisconsin or Penn State, though Meyer notoriously undersells recovery time on injuries.
Meyer also said that linebacker Justin Hilliard tore his biceps muscle – as we saw a few days ago – and is out for the rest of the season.
Can't lie I'm hurt, but head up and looking forward to killin this rehab for the next 6 months.… https://t.co/IRokTYPmwe
— Justin Hilliard (@JHilliard47) September 23, 2016
On the other side of the coin, Meyer said that linebacker Dante Booker, who missed the last two weeks with a knee injury, has been upgraded to probable and is expected to return to the lineup for the Buckeyes on Saturday.
Indiana game gets 3:30 start time
The TBA for the Oct. 8 game with Indiana is no more.
Ohio State announced that its matchup against Indiana will be at 3:30 p.m. (ET) and will be televised by ABC, ESPN or ESPN2.
?Indiana game time announced!
— Ohio State Buckeyes (@OhioStAthletics) September 26, 2016
This game falls between a noon game against Rutgers this weekend and a primetime date with Wisconsin on Oct. 15th.
This also is the game where BTN Tailgate, the Big Ten Network’s version of College GameDay, will make its debut on Ohio State’s campus. We will see if that added publicity gets Buckeye fans more excited about a matchup against the Hoosiers.
Former Buckeyes find NFL success in Week 3
Former Buckeyes really showed up on their respective NFL team’s stat sheets this week in a big way. Carlos Hyde, Terrelle Pryor and Ezekiel Elliott were valuable fantasy commodities and made big splashes around the league.
Terrelle Pryor is the first player in NFL history to produce 140 receiving yards, 30 passing yards and 20 rushing yards in one game.
— Bucci Mane (@Buccigross) September 26, 2016
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