After Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer revealed on Monday that he slotted the Buckeyes in at No. 2 with his USA Today Coaches’ Poll vote, many of his players were asked about where they thought they stood nationally.
Junior wide receiver Evan Spencer, for one, wasn’t shy about his thoughts on Alabama and Florida State, the two teams currently ranked above OSU in the Bowl Championship Series.
“Well I guess I’m a little biased, but I think we’d wipe the field with both of them,” he said. “But that’s just my bias speaking.”
Ohio State’s No. 3 BCS ranking is a season high and came on the heels of previous third-ranked Oregon’s 26-20 loss to Stanford on Thursday. Spencer said he watched that game, as well as the Alabama-LSU clash on Saturday.
"I was the biggest Cardinal fan for three hours," Spencer said. "We needed a little bit of help, but at the same time, we still have to take care of our business and we have to go out there and show them why we're one of the best offenses in the country, show them why we’re one of the best defenses in the country and how we have the best kicking game in the country."
The Buckeyes are coming off arguably their two most complete performances of the season, having beaten Penn State 63-14 and Purdue 56-0. Although Ohio State struggled at times to put away the likes of Wisconsin (31-24), Northwestern (40-30) and Iowa (34-24), Spencer believes that on their best day, the Buckeyes are tops in the country.
“We’re going to go ahead and handle our business and play our best game every week,” he said. “We know that we just have to go out and execute. If we go out and execute for a full game, there’s nobody in the country that we feel can hang with us when we’re executing the way that we can.”