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Urban Meyer rips Evan Spencer for his comments about Alabama, Florida State

urban-meyerOhio State wide receiver Evan Spencer expressed confidence in his team’s BCS National Championship Game hopes on Monday by telling reporters he feels the Buckeyes would “wipe the field” with either Alabama or Florida State. The comments may have seemed like innocent smack talk to some, but Urban Meyer was infuriated by them.

“I’m very disappointed. I can’t stand that,” Meyer said during a teleconference on Tuesday, via The Plain Dealer. “He certainly is not the spokesman for our team. As a result, Evan won’t talk to the media for a long, long time.

“You don’t do that. That’s not good sportsmanship and that’s not what we expect. I understand he’s a young man and made a minor mistake, but we just don’t do that. You talk about your teammates, talk about the team and move on.”

Spencer, who obviously received an earful from his coach, apologized on Twitter Monday night.

“I did not mean to disrespect any FB team today,” the junior wrote. “I am confident in my team, and as is evident in the video, I was having fun with the media answering their questions. I should have chosen my words more wisely. There was no intent to disrespect any other team.”

In his defense, Spencer had a smile on his face when he was answering questions. It didn’t seem like he was trying to stir the pot at all or be disrespectful, but you can understand why Meyer was upset. Alabama and Florida State are No. 1 and No. 2 in the rankings for a reason. All the Buckeyes can do is focus on their own schedule and hope someone slips up. Beating their chests won’t accomplish anything.

Ohio State WR Evan Spencer: I think we’d ‘wipe the field’ with Alabama or Florida State

Evan-Spencer-Ohio-StateThis is the final year of the BCS system before college football switches to a playoff system next year, and we may get yet another chance to see why that playoff system is needed by the time the regular season wraps up. Ohio State wide receiver Evan Spencer certainly wouldn’t mind seeing a four-team playoff, as he believes his Buckeyes are good enough to “wipe the field” with just about any team.

“I guess I’m a little biased, but I think we’d wipe the field with both (Florida State and Alabama),” Spencer told reporters on Monday, via The Plain Dealer. “That’s just my bias speaking. … Both teams are really [good]. They have their strengths and weaknesses. Personally, I think we can exploit them, but I’m a little biased.”

Spencer was obviously aware of how his comments might be taken, as evidenced by his repeated reminders that he is biased. Still, it’s usually unwise to provide bulletin board material for potential opponents, especially when you’re on the outside of the national championship picture looking in.

Ohio State is currently No. 3 in the BCS standings. If both Florida State and Alabama win out, they’re likely going to face each other in the BCS National Championship Game. Ohio State would need to win out and have one of those teams lose to get a shot. If Ohio State loses and one of Alabama or Florida State loses, there’s also a chance Stanford could sneak into one of the top two spots. You know, the whole BCS madness thing.

Personally, I don’t see anyone stopping Alabama. Jameis Winston has the best chance with the Tide having looked vulnerable on defense at times this year, but I simply can’t bet against Nick Saban.

H/T Black Sports Online