At his weekly Wednesday media availability, Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer updated his team’s progress leading up to their game in Madison, WI on Saturday.
Meyer confirmed that wide receiver Corey Smith is dealing with a wrist injury and will not play this week against No. 8 Wisconsin. Smith sported a cast on the sideline against Oklahoma, and there is no timetable for his return.
Linebacker Dante Booker remains questionable for the Buckeyes, as Meyer admits that the injury is much worse than he had originally anticipated. He says that Booker is close to returning from a sprained PCL and MCL.
Turning to this week’s practices, Meyer said that it has been business as usual thus far, but the energy might change as gameday approaches. Meyer said that the reintroduction of the locker room sign reading “The most prepared team is going to win this game” is the theme for both players and coaches this week. Meyer added that everyone must "focus on your job description."
When asked if he has seen anything during practice this week that bodes well for an improved passing game, Meyer said that the only way to get better is for good players to work hard, and that’s what has happened this week.
He also pointed out that with the proliferation of spread offenses, defenses have countered, especially taking away the jet sweep, which is why the Buckeyes haven’t called many this year.
Meyer said that Camp Randall Stadium is one of the “top five or six” environments in college football because of how loud the students can be.
The Buckeyes take on the eighth-ranked Wisconsin Badgers in Madison on Saturday at 8:00pm ET.