Urban Meyer Says Oklahoma Has Big Issue
Urban Meyer says Oklahoma has a big issue they need to address if they want to compete for a championship this year.
Meyer, former head coach of Ohio State and the school’s current assistant athletic director, is also serving as a college football analyst for FOX.
On Friday, while doing a promotional appearance on The Herd, Meyer spoke at length with Doug Gottlieb about the upcoming college football season.
One of his major notes was the “biggest issue” that Oklahoma football would encounter.
Meyer is of the opinion that Oklahoma’s defense is a major roadblock to them being serious contenders for a national championship. And he believes that the onus is on head coach Lincoln Riley to fix that problem.
Meyer believes it’s Oklahoma’s defense that will be its biggest question mark. He also said he thinks that head coach Lincoln Riley is making the necessary changes to address it.
“Lincoln Riley is such a good offensive coach. The staff consistency, the offensive consistency … he’s very adaptable to different players,” Meyer said. “My issue at Oklahoma is going to be on defense.
“It’s the obvious. I think the offense will pick up right where they’re going, Meyer continued. “He’ll change a little bit. Because obviously Kyler Murray is a different player than Hurts. However, it’s all about defense at Oklahoma.
“You can’t advance and be 100th in pass defense. You can’t. So they have to get better. And they did. You have to give them credit. He identified a weakness. Made wholesale changes. Brought in a new defensive coordinator. That’s going to be Oklahoma’s issue.”
The Sooners will kick off their college football season on Sept. 1 with a game against Houston.
.@GottliebShow: Is there one year when you look back that was more enjoyable?@OSUCoachMeyer: When I look back and see what we did at a non-BCS school… That team [Utah] on any given day could beat anybody. pic.twitter.com/XrcpjeuYNM
— Herd w/Colin Cowherd (@TheHerd) August 23, 2019