He had a lot to be happy about going on within the Lucas Oil Stadium walls without worrying about anything else.
But the talk was raging even before Ohio State had finished its 27-21 win over Wisconsin on Saturday night in the Big Ten Championship game.
Even before it was scheduled.
Even before the whole season started, right?
Sometimes it seems like that’s all we talk about all year (no small thanks to ESPN ad campaigns).
Urban Meyer apparently has noticed this as well.
“Just amazing how important this playoff is and how the whole world revolves around it,” he said, and this time there was a little salt in the delivery. Maybe a slight eye roll, too.
But Meyer understands reality. He gets the game.
That’s why he spent another part of his postgame press conference stating the case for his team.
“I think our strength of schedule, quality wins is phenomenal — and we're conference champions,” Meyer said. “Once again, two wins over top four. I don't know if anyone's done that. Two wins over top four teams this year. Another blowout win against a 12 team in America. And so we played three top five teams and we won two of them.”
For Meyer and others anxious to talk about anything else, there’s some good news.
This debate mercifully has an expiration date, and it’s coming soon.
By the bottom of the noon hour, we’ll know who made college football’s final four for the 2017 season.
All indications are it will come down to Ohio State and Alabama (joining Clemson, Georgia and Oklahoma).
The choice is nothing less than an existential crisis for the playoff committee, which is guaranteed to get it wrong one way or another.
As Meyer alluded, Ohio State’s best wins are more impressive than those of the Crimson Tide.
A Buckeyes’ loss — to Big 12 champion Oklahoma — also is more respectable than Alabama’s, which came just last week to the same Auburn team that was beaten handily by Georgia in the SEC Championship game Saturday.
But there’s one more fly in the ointment, and it’s a big one.
Ohio State has another loss. Not only that, it was a 55-24 beatdown at Iowa, who ended up being no good.
We know how the committee treats teams that are not conference champions.