In this Sept. 29, 2012, file photo, Ohio State coach Urban Meyer, right, argues a call during the first quarter of an NCAA college football game against Michigan State in East Lansing, Mich. Meyer had rubbed some in the Big Ten the wrong way since accepting the Buckeyes job less than a year ago. Now Michigan State is upset with Ohio State after what the Spartans said was a less than equitable swap of game tape. (AP Photo/Al Goldis, File)
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - What's brewing with the 2012 Ohio State Buckeyes ...
BUCKEYES BUZZ: Urban Meyer has learned something in his 27 years as a college coach and 11 years in charge of programs: It's not easy winning.
Meyer has a 110-23 record, so winning has followed him around. But he also knows that success on the field is an elusive prize.
He opened his weekly news conference this week by saying, "How fragile college football is. All you have to do is watch it every weekend and see how fragile it is."
Does that sound like a hardened, cynical man?
One way he shows how much he appreciates the good times is by having a victory meal on Sunday nights with his team. Win the game, you get a victory meal. It's a time to laugh and talk and tell stories. He shifts from table to table. The fare isn't lobster; it's the thought that counts.
It's a moment out of the week, after a hard-fought triumph, to enjoy the company of your teammates and appreciate how difficult it is to win.
"It's awesome, just the aura that comes with the victory meal," OC Corey Linsley said. "Coach Meyer always talks about that, that it doesn't really matter what's on the plate. It's the fact that it's victory meal. It's the fact we're having a really good meal because we all did our job, we all came together and we were able to come out with a victory."
DL John Simon said the point is not to relish the accomplishment.
"Coach Meyer does a good job making sure we enjoy our wins. That's something he preaches all the time,"
Simon said. "He says that you kind of reflect and you do realize how hard it is to win a college football game. We're embracing every win."
Meyer, who twice quit at Florida while citing burnout and his deteriorating health, was asked if he had ever seen a team take wins for granted.
"Yeah. It happened. I saw it happened. It happened with me," he said. Then he added, "It won't happen again, though."
QUOTABLE: Meyer, asked if he's concerned about his team coming off two big victories over ranked teams: "It's a huge concern. Tuesday and Wednesday are decent indicators that they're pretty well locked in. But a huge, very, very big (concern). I'm glad it's a night game. I hate night games because you get home so late but I"m glad because there'll be a little bit of energy in that stadium and I'm very worried about that. And they (IU) has played better. This team should have beat Michigan State."
HOOSIERS' INCENTIVE: Indiana is 2-3 (0-2 in Big Ten play) coming into Saturday's 8 p.m. start at Memorial Stadium.
Second-year coach Kevin Wilson said his team needs a win to keep the kids interested.
"It's difficult when you're coming up short on the scoreboard," he said. "I don't want to lose our kids because our kids are embracing our values and our toughness and our brand and our style. We've got a long way to go but we've got a young team, getting better."
He said it's important to play well against Ohio State because both teams are in the Leaders Division.
"We're going to play the Buckeyes every year. It's a phenomenal program. It's a tremendous challenge," he said. "But we need to build this program so we can compete. And not be a team in this league but start being a winning team in this league. That's what we're trying to get going here."
ROAD TRIP TRIP: The Buckeyes will stay in a hotel in Indianapolis, roughly 50 miles away from Bloomington, Ind. The problem is the shortage of hotels in the relatively small college town.
It's not convenient for Ohio State, but it's about the only way to go.
"I guess we have a helicopter to make sure we're there on time," Meyer said, referring to an Indiana state police helicopter that makes sure that the team buses travel quickly and safely to the game.
Speaking of the inconvenience of staying so far from the game, he added, "It's a distraction."