COLUMBUS, Ohio - What's brewing with the 2013 Ohio State Buckeyes ...
BUCKEYES BUZZ: Illinois coach Tim Beckman knows a little bit about what to expect from Ohio State coach Urban Meyer.
Beckman was an assistant under Meyer when he became a head coach for the first time at Bowling Green in 2001. They spent two seasons on the same staff. Beckman subsequently coached at Ohio State and is now in his second season at Illinois, where his teams have yet to win a Big Ten conference game and have lost their last 19 in conference play.
"I've been around Urban (Meyer) a long time and his resume kind of speaks for itself," Beckman said. "He came into Bowling Green and we had a very good team early. Being able to go out to your first football game as a head coach in Missouri and win that game 20-13 with a defense that ended up being third in the country. We had some players."
The Buckeyes are unbeaten under Meyer, going 21-0. They can tie the school record with a win at Memorial Stadium (noon on Saturday).
"I think he went into Utah and did the same thing, went down to Florida and has done the same thing. You can see it at Ohio State; they're very talented," Beckman said. "He's doing his scheme offensively. It's the one you remember from the Bowling Green days and defensively is what has impressed me so much this year and how some new faces have come in there."
STILL BEST OF FRIENDS: Alabama LB Trey DePriest hails from Springfield, Ohio, where he met Ohio State QB Braxton Miller, also a Springfield native. As it turns out, the two stay in touch.
"I'm best friends with Braxton. I mean, we talk frequently," DePriest said. "I'm happy with how they're doing and, I mean, who knows? We might have to see them later on down the road. We've still got to take care of business here."
But Miller said he and DePriest, who was hotly pursued by the Buckeyes at recruiting time, do not discuss football.
"It's just talking about our families, how are things going, `are you overwhelmed' -- things like that," Miller said. "We never talk about ball."
HE'S BAA-AACK: TB Jordan Hall (minor knee injury) practiced Wednesday night with the Buckeyes and is expected to be available on Saturday.
QUOTE OF THE DAY: Meyer was asked if any transition is involved when the weather first tilts toward freezing temperatures after a mild autumn.
"With Shelley, yeah," he cracked, referring to his wife.
THE LAST WORD: Meyer was asked after Wednesday's practice, for the umpteenth time, about his reaction to WR Evan Spencer's "wipe the field" (with Alabama and the No. 2 team) quote.
"He's a great kid. I just don't like that stuff. I don't think anybody does," Meyer said. He added, "It's over."