Tracking Mack: September 7
General Comments: I talked to the kids about the game again today and the difference in the game will probably be in the trenches. If you go back and study the history of Ohio State and the history of Texas they have been able to run the ball and be physical and that's something we have been able to do in our coaching careers here and something that Jim (Tressel) believes in at Ohio State. And both teams have played great defense. It comes down to who will be the toughest the longest and the most physical in the trenches. It's two of the best defensive lines in the country and two of the best offensive lines in the country and it will be fun to watch.
On comparing Ramonce Taylor to Santonio Holmes and Ted Ginn: Ramonce is young in our program. He did some great things last year and Holmes and Ginn have done more over their time so far, but we feel like potentially Ramonce can do for us what those guys are doing for them.
On the team being prepared for this game: We passed the first test in flying colors. We did everything we could do in the opener and we feel like the guys are really prepared for this one. This will be a great test for us and if there are any areas of concern they will show up Saturday night, but the guys have worked really hard, they have worked well and they are excited about going to Columbus.
On instant replay being used at this game: Instant replay will be used in the Big 10 style with a Big 10 observer and Big 12 officials. Next year it will be whatever system we have in place with Big 10 officials and a Big 12 observer. They have to offer it and we have to agree to it. We agreed to this year and they agreed to next year. I think everybody has been encouraged if we are going to use it in college football lets try it. Lets see if it works.
On the team at practice this week: They've all tried hard. This week it's not about effort. They are all going to try. They're excited and ready to go. This is a fun week for them to practice and for us to coach and they work really hard.
On upcoming Friday night: Friday night we go to a movie, and then come back and meet. We go to a theater and they get to pick from about six. It would be hard to get a movie they all like and the coaches. I go and I see whatever Cleve sees. I just show up.
On Vince Young's demeanor this week: It's been great. Very competitive, but fun, and light-hearted. Like he is about every week. He really embraces this arena, he likes it, he competes for it and the kids like the way he responds to it.