The No. 4 Ohio State Buckeyes won’t take to the field until 7:30 p.m. ET, but that doesn’t mean that they weren’t heavily featured on Week 6’s college football pregame shows. On ESPN’s “College GameDay,” former Ohio State quarterback and captain Kirk Herbstreit visited the Woody Hayes Athletic Center to talk to Justin Fields about his adjustment to Columbus and what he’s learned since joining the Buckeyes.
Herbie will be calling the Buckeye game tonight against No. 25 Michigan State on ABC, and I talked to him earlier this week on an episode of our “In Conversation” podcast. You can listen to that here:
You can also watch Herbstreit’s interview with Fields (and get a behind-the-scenes look at the Woody) in the video below:
Ohio State QB Justin Fields is focusing on getting better every week and being a leader to his new teammates pic.twitter.com/l256h4Cs0F— College GameDay (@CollegeGameDay) October 5, 2019
Over on FOX, former Ohio State coach and lifelong Buckeye Urban Meyer broke down the evolution of college football tackling with the implementation of the Targeting rule earlier this decade.
Heisman Trophy-winner Reggie Bush served as Meyer’s tackling dummy in the demonstration, and Meyer credited former USC coach Pete Carroll for introducing the now popular rugby style of tackling to college football.
Watch this week’s Urban’s Playbook segment here:
How did @OhioStateFB's defense go from being average in 2013 to having the fewest missed tackles in 2014?@CoachUrbanMeyer breaks down the "rugby" tackling technique that has changed the game. pic.twitter.com/77QT7VpySf— FOX College Football (@CFBONFOX) October 5, 2019
And finally, for the pièce de résistance, in their Hurry Up segment, when asked who he thought was the best first-year coach in the college football, Meyer said, “I’m going with my guy Ryan Day who’s turned around that program.”
Meyer had a wry smile on his face, and the rest of the panel joked about how bad the OSU program had been in the past four or five years before Day took over. Of course, we chimed in on Twitter, and lo and behold, the FOX College Football team picked up the tweet and Rob Stone read it on air:
WE’RE FAMOUS, Y’ALL! pic.twitter.com/xyORAubQl9— Land-Grant Holy Land (@Landgrant33) October 5, 2019
Meyer didn’t seem to care for the nickname, and asked that it not catch on, but not even you can stop a movement, Urbz.