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Scarlet Sunrise: On his last game day, appreciate what Urban Meyer built at Ohio State

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Urban Meyer brought Ohio State to even higher heights. (Matthew Emmons/USA Today Sports)

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Scarlet Sunrise: On his last game day, appreciate what Urban Meyer built at Ohio State

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Urban Meyer’s last stand

A remarkable career is coming to a close. Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer will coach his last game on Tuesday, ending a special career as a whole and an incredible run at Ohio State. In Columbus, Meyer brought a national championship back to Ohio State and lost just nine games in seven seasons.

When it comes to how he’ll be remembered, Meyer said it’s important to him but he didn’t want to discuss it before the Rose Bowl.

“I’d be untruthful if I said it doesn’t matter to me, because of course it does, and I think there will be an appropriate time to have those conversations,” Meyer said. “Certainly not the day of, the week of or the three weeks prior to the biggest game of this team’s year. So it does matter, but at the appropriate time. And that’s certainly not now.”

For now, though, take time to appreciate that Ohio State football has been coached for the last seven years by one of the best to ever do it, and try to savor Meyer’s last game in charge of the Buckeyes.

Ohio State-Washington score predictions

Ralph Russo, Associated Press: OSU 34, Washington 24

Stewart Mandel, The Athletic: OSU 29, Washington 14

Bruce Feldman, The Athletic: OSU 20, Washington 10

Tim May, Columbus Dispatch: OSU 41, Washington 17

Adam Jude, Seattle Times: OSU 28, Washington 24

Bill Bender, Sporting News: OSU 38, Washington 28

SB Nation: OSU 30, Washington 27

Adam Rittenberg, ESPN: OSU 34, Washington 21

Sports Illustrated: 6 of 8 writers pick OSU to win

WATCH: Urban Meyer previews Rose Bowl

Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer met with the media for the final time before Ohio State faces Washington in the Rose Bowl. Full video of Meyer’s press conference can be found here.

Dwayne Haskins not worried about Washington secondary

Washington boasts one of the best defensive secondaries in the country, and the Huskies have been one of the nation’s most successful teams at reeling in interceptions. But don’t expect Ohio State quarterback Dwayne Haskins to dial down the pass attempts in the Rose Bowl.

“Michigan didn’t really scare us and other teams didn’t really scare us, so we’re not worried about what the verdict is as far as who people think is the best defense in the country,” Haskins said. “Because we feel like we’re the best offense in the country. Whoever we play, they are going to give their best shot. We know that, so we have to be ready to go play.

“You know, athletic group. They have two All-Americans in the back end. They do a lot of stuff in the secondary and you know, they do it really well. They are like a top-5 [defense] in the country, and you know, I’m excited for the challenge.”

Counting down

  • Rose Bowl: Today

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Ryan Ginn has covered Ohio State football and recruiting since 2013, having done so previously for Buckeye Sports Bulletin and Landof10.com. He is currently a student at Tulane Law School and resides in New Orleans, La.

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