Columbus, Ohio • The large banner at one end of the Buckeyes’ indoor practice facility simply says, "The Chase."
It doesn’t refer to being chased, but rather to chasing something or maybe someone else.
Even though his team might just be favored in every game on its schedule, Ohio State’s Urban Meyer refuses to believe that his team is anything other than an underdog. In other words, it’s a pursuer.
"Some people think we’re the hunted. I don’t feel that way at all," Meyer said during preparations for Saturday’s game against San Diego State. "We are the hunter. Everybody wants an angry football team, everybody wants a team on edge and a hungry team. And if you’re the hunter, that usually equates to being hungry. If you’re the king of the hill, then you just battle that bad word, complacency."
Meyer believes teams get fat and happy when they’re on top — and Meyer despises fat and happy teams.
So even though the Buckeyes are picked to beat the Aztecs by four touchdowns on Saturday — and also that they’re riding the nation’s longest winning streak at 13 games — Meyer continues to push the mindset that they’ve accomplished nothing.
Here are five things to watch for in the matchup:
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The Aztecs are coming off a humbling 40-19 loss at home to FCS-member Eastern Illinois. They were outplayed and outcoached in every facet.
Coach Rocky Long says he’s not going to overreact to the defeat, even though it was a stunner.
"I try never to panic and I don’t fear anything," he said. "If you’re a competitor, you don’t fear anything."
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