Like most people in a maternity ward, Ubran Meyer was waiting anxiously early Sunday afternoon.
He was there to visit his first grandchild, Troy Dennis, who was born Sunday morning. Meyer, however, didn’t know the fate of his football family until 12:30 p.m.
Meyer learned Ohio State was officially in the College Football Playoff and will face Clemson on Dec. 31 on the fifth floor of Riverside Hospital in Columbus, he told ESPN about an hour after the selection. While the Buckeyes’ selection seemed like a guarantee to many in college football, Meyer was unsure all morning.
“I tried to find out as much as I can, and no one knew if we were in, because I did my homework, too,” Meyer told ESPN’s Rece Davis. “I’m very appreciative of the committee, with it comes a lot of responsibility. I never researched as much as I did this time.”
Meyer was also asked about how strength of schedule was evaluated by the committee. The Buckeyes — who had a key September victory at Oklahoma — are the only team in the playoff that did not win its conference.
“Someone in your group said that Oklahoma would be in if they didn’t play us or Houston,” Meyer said. “I’m going to sit and talk to (Athletic Director Gene Smith) about that. I think there needs to be a lot of clarity involved, because that’s true. Oklahoma is not a good team, they’re a great team. Our rivals, the team up north, they’re a good a team as we’ve faced in five years. And then Penn State, the way they finished the season. There are a lot of great teams out there and a lot of conversations to be had.”
Meyer also spoke about Ohio State’s preparation for Clemson, which he said will have a similar schedule to the Buckeyes appearance in the playoff two seasons ago. Meyer said Ohio State will put “everything it possibly can” into preparing for Clemson and worry about prepping for a potential national title game if and when they get there.
“We recruit against them, we run similar type programs,” Meyer said of Clemson. “I have a lot of respect for (coach) Dabo (Swinney), we see each other every year. I have a lot of respect for their quarterback, we tried to recruit him as well. Very, very talented offensive group. …We have to get ready, and that preparation starts today.”