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Urban Meyer Illinois week press conference: J.T. Barrett injury a sprained MCL, will be limited in practice

The Buckeyes' head man spoke about the tough game from this past weekend as well as what's next.

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On the heels of an emotional, grind it out victory over Penn State in double overtime this weekend, Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer spoke to the media at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center at The Ohio State University on Monday. He addressed the forthcoming rivalry game against Illinois on Saturday evening, the Buckeyes' second straight prime time game, as well as the weekend that was:

-- Meyer: "We're pleased to get out of State College with a win. I said it was a Top 5 atmosphere. I have it at Top 3 after that one."

-- "To see [J.T. Barrett] lead an offense down by seven into the student section in the first overtime; I'll never forget that look." Said Barrett was just okay overall though.

-- "The offensive line did not play up to Ohio State standards"

-- "Defensively, we're playing with swagger."

-- Meyer said special teams were a major factor and singled out Cam Johnston's play. Almost mentioned that Dontre Wilson is "getting close".

-- Meyer said the pick-6 Barrett threw was a hot-read and that Penn State did a nice job of reading it. Added a veteran QB might have realized what it was and just thrown it away.

-- Meyer wasn't pleased with the pace of the offense.

-- "It's not a good thing, it's a great thing", on the challenge against Penn State getting the team ready for Michigan state

-- "You were in a street fight, you were winning , you started getting your tail kicked, and then you won."

-- "There will be no overlooking anything," Meyer added.

-- Meyer said that Illinois is much improved from a year ago.

-- Buckeye QB J.T. Barrett suffered a sprained MCL and will be limited in practice this week.

-- "I think we did what we had to do to win. It was ugly, it was nasty .. But we won a game in a tough environment." Added the Buckeyes were held to a season-low 293 yards.

-- Meyer disagreed with the assertion that the team was 'too conservative' Saturday. "You gotta do what you gotta do to win that game" Added "It's called game management".

-- "The BCS was no different, in my opinion," on the first College Football Playoff committee Top 25 due out tomorrow. "Instead of the top 2, you gotta get in the top 4 ... I think style points are real. Is it going to affect how we go about our business? Not at all."

-- "They're probably the top team in the Big Ten right now. And they're not playing good, they're playing great." Meyer said of Michigan State

-- Devan Bogard will have ACL surgery again, Meyer added. His third in as many years. Sounds like he's done for the year.

-- Bri'onte Dunn and Ron Tanner are both "close" to being back. Cam Burrows and Rashad Frazier are also expected to return Saturday.

-- "The only time we'll jump on a kid is effort. Other than that, it's all coaching."

-- On the playoff selection committee, Meyer only knows Barry Alvarez personally. "I spent zero time on [how the playoff committee will operate]"

-- "He's one of the toughest cats, I've been around," on J.T. Barrett. "How many guys could have [played through an MCL injury]?"

-- Joey Bosa is better now than he was at the beginning of the season. "I don't see [Bosa] changing. If he goes, it's going to be a bad conversation ... He's a practice player. That's why you continue to see a guy like him improve."

-- "It was a tailback trying to block that big monster," on the final play of the game.

-- Meyer said the defense was "too soft ... a little bend but don't break" on the final drive that allowed Penn State to force overtime. Did give Penn State credit, however, adding that Hackenberg made some tremendous throws.

-- Meyer reiterated a previous talking point from a past press conference that they're looking for their tendencies now more than ever.

-- Meyer criticized himself for Cardale Jones' failed run. "That was the head coach's thing that didn't work."

-- Meyer called former assistant Tim Beckman "a colleague and a friend".

-- Meyer clarified that Barrett will play Saturday.