With just a month between the Big Ten Championship Game and the Rose Bowl, Urban Meyer may have had more time to prepare for his final as Head Ohio Head Coach, as he had previously done in a Bowl game.
Typically, Meyer spent half of the month on the recruitment road in December before concentrating on preparing for the bowls after the early signing of the contract. However, after announcing his resignation on December 4, Meyer passed that responsibility on to Ohio's next Ohio head coach, Ryan Day, allowing Meyer to further focus on preparing the Buckeyes for the final game of the season against Washington Win Tuesday.
What did Meyer see in his preparation? Well, he will not reveal that, but given our own view of the upcoming Buckeyes' opponent, he should see a team headed by a strong defense ̵
A position look at the Pac-12 winner Huskies who are 10-3 this season follows in our Scouting Report for the Rose Bowl.
3 Jake Browning – 6-2, 210, senior
Browning, who has been in the starting lineup for four years, led Washington 2016 into the College Football playoff. He threw 43 touchdown passes and only nine interceptions – but since then he has not played at the same level, but only 16 touchdown passes with 10 interceptions this season.
Browning brings a tremendous amount of experience in Washington's misdemeanor, is considered a leader, and is a passive short to intermediate passer. He is not a big litter, but no big threat as a runner and makes some questionable decisions with the football.
Like Browning, Gaskin is a fourth starter for the Huskies. After scoring more than 1,300 yards and at least 10 touchdowns in each of his first three seasons in Washington, Gaskin rushed as a senior to 1,147 yards and 10 touchdowns, despite missing two games with a shoulder injury.
Gaskin is not a burner, but he is a strong back that can handle by touch and also a sharp cutter with good visibility. He is a work horse for the Washington Crime, who has had more than 20 trages in six of the games he has played this season and at least 14 in all. The Huskies offense is frequently persecuted by Gaskin. If the Buckeyes can keep him at bay, they have a good chance of stopping Washington's crime.
Ahmed also experienced regular seasons with Huskies offenses this year. He crashed for 604 yards and seven touchdowns at 99 Carry and won 148 yards at 18 catches. The huskies will find creative ways to get the ball, including moves and jet sweeps, to give them the opportunity to use their speed and agility and make games in space.
2 Aaron Fuller – 5-11, 186, Junior
5 Andre Baccellia – 5-10, 173, Redshirt Junior
20 Ty Jones – 6-4, 209, Sophomore
Fuller is the recipient of Huskies # 1, who leads the team with 51 receptions for 794 yards this season, including four touchdowns. He is also the main returnee for the team that has won 114 yards in 19 matches this season. He has a good pace and the ability to extend the number of open field games with his agility, and he is the team's most consistent downmaker player.
Jones, Washington's largest broadband receiver, has also shown great skills for the Huskies this season, with 28 passes for 469 yards and six touchdowns at team level.
Baccellia is a fast receiver who does most of his plays on short to medium passes, catching 43 passes this season for 475 yards. He has not scored a touchdown yet this season and only has five games of more than 20 yards, but he is a good runner who will open the chains for first downs.
88 Drew Sample – 6-5, 251, Redshirt Senior
87 Cade Otton – 6-5, 249, Redshirt Freshman
1 Hunter Bryant – 6-2, 224, Sophomore
The Huskies regularly play several tight ends simultaneously, with Sample and Otton playing in all of Washington's 13 games this year. Sample has caught 23 passes for 251 yards and two touchdowns, while Otton has 12 catches for 158 yards and three touchdowns, and both are solid running blockers.
Bryant had missed the Huskies' first nine games after undergoing knee surgery, but he has returned to get seven passes for 187 yards, and has had four touchdown games. Bryant is a smaller but more explosive athlete than Sample and Otton. He could play another month in the Rose Bowl to get well, and is the most dangerous recipient of the Huskies in the middle.
72 Trey Adams – 6-8, 316, Senior OR 70 Jared Hilbers – 6-7, 313, Redshirt Junior (Left Tackle)  76 Luke Wattenberg – 6-5, 307, Redshirt Sophomore (left guard)
56 Nick Harris – 6-1, 300, Junior (center)
51 Jaxson Kirkland – 6 -7, 315, Redshirt Freshman (Right Guard)
58 Kaleb McGary – 6-8, 324, Senior (Legal)
Adams, an All-American team from 2016, has been plagued with injuries ever since, but returned after missing the Huskies' first 10 games this season, expecting the initial end-to-end spinal surgery , Hilbers started the first 12 games of the season before he missed the Pac-12 Championship Game with an injury, but Adams has shown he can be one of the best remaining duels in college football when he's healthy.
After Adams had been sidelined most of the year, the stars of Washington's attacking line were McGary, who was named by Pac-12 players as the conference's best offensive lineman this season, and Harris, who also First team of all Pac-12 honors. Wattenberg, Kirkland and McGary have started all 13 Huskies games at their respective offensive positions.
The Huskies' offensive line was solid overall but not spectacular. She limited the number of opponents in 13 games to 22 bags and led the huskies the way for 4.43 meters per car.
99 Greg Gaines – 6-2, 316, Redshirt Senior (Nose Tackle)
96 Shane Bowman – 6-4, 291, Redshirt Senior (defensive end)  92 Jaylen Johnson – 6-3, 286, Redshirt Senior (defensive end)
Gaines is the linchpin of the Huskies' defensive line, which Pac-12 players have named as the conference's top defensive line leader this season. Gaines is a five-time starter in the fourth year. He is a strong gap filler, who also shows a good speed to solve blocks and even make games. This year, 5.5 tackles were recorded for loss and 3.5 sacks.
Johnson and Bowman watch most of the time alongside Gaines on Washington's defensive front, where normally only two or three downed linemen are used with outer linebackers as edge hills. Johnson, who ranks second among the defensive Linemens in Washington with 34 tackles, received the "All-Pac-12" recognition this season.
Levi Onwuzurike (6-3,282, Redshirt student) also sees regular seasons in the defensive rotation line of the Huskies. He has a total of 33 tackles with 5.5 tackles for loss and two sacks.
8 Benning Potoa – 6-3, 277, Redshirt Junior OR 55 Ryan Bowman – 6-0, 263, Redshirt Sophomore  17 Tevis Bartlett – 6-3, 233, Senior OR 9 Joe Tryon – 6-5, 267, Redshirt Freshman
Potoa'e, Bartlett, Bowman and Tryon regularly watch regular seasons in Washington's rotation outside the linebacker and often stand next to the Huskies' line of defense. Potoa'e is the Huskies' best Edge Rusher, tied to team leadership with six tackles for the loss.
Bartlett started ten of the Huskies' first eleven games in the Inside Linebacker – finishing second overall with 68 tackles. Meanwhile, he is active in the outer linebacker rotation, where he offers versatility as a player who is able to fall back into the passport cover and come as a Pass Rusher from the edge.
25 Ben Burr-Kirven – 6-0, 221, Senior
13 Brandon Wellington – 6-0, 222, Junior
Burr-Kirven, an All-American and Pac-12 defensive player of the year, heads the entire FBS this season with a total of 165 tackles. He does tremendous work with his eyes to quickly diagnose games, takes a good view of the ball and has both the speed to chase ball carriers and the ability to attack to take advantage and end the games.
Burr-Kirven does not make many games behind the scrimmage line – only four of his 165 tackles have lost – but he's always on the second level for the ball.
Wellington has played an increasingly important role in the course of the season. He started the Huskies' last two games after missing the first four games of the year. DJ Beavers (6-1, 219, Redshirt-Junior), who missed nine injured games after opening the season opener for the Huskies, has re-emerged in Washington's insider linebacker in the last two games.
1 Byron Murphy – 5-11, 182, Redshirt Sophomore
23 Jordan Miller – 6-1, 181, Senior
5 Myles Bryant – 5 -8, 182, Junior (Nickel)
Murphy, the semi-finalist for All-American and Bednarik Award this season, is one of the best cornerbacks in college football. Murphy was ranked by Pro Football Focus as the nation's best player this season in this position. In the coverage, Murphy was dominant – intercepting four passes, from which he returned 66 yards for a touchdown against Utah in the Pac-12 Championship Game and also broke up to 13 more passes. He is also a strong tackler, taking a total of 56 tackles with 37 solo stops.
Miller is not as dominant as Murphy, but also the long cornerback can be claimed in the coverage – he recorded two interceptions and five pass-breakups this year – and is also a good tackler, when games come his way.
Bryant, also a regular starter of Huskies defense in the Nickelback position, is a versatile defender who can play games anywhere in the field. He has a total of 55 tackles with 4.5 tackles for the loss. Although he is volatile in coverage, he is one of the best playmakers in space for the Huskies and can position himself throughout the defense formation, earning him the All-Pac 12 second-team award this year.
7 Taylor Rapp – 6-0, 200, Junior
14 JoJo McIntosh – 6-1, 205, Redshirt Senior
Another star of Washington's defense, Rapp has a multi-dimensional capability that allows him to position himself deep in the box at linebacker all the way down to the secondary side. Rapp, an All-American All-American team this season, has recorded a total of 59 tackles, leading the team with six tackles for loss and five sacks, and also has two interceptions and five pass failures.
Like Rapp, McIntosh also works in the third year in the field of safety for the Huskies. He's not as much of a playmaker as Rapp, but he's earned the "All-Pac-12" award this year, giving the Huskies a dependable pair of veteran backups in their secondary level.
47 Peyton Henry – 5-11, 195, Redshirt Freshman (Kicker)
32 Joel Whitford – 6-3, 212, Redshirt Junior (Punter)
Washington's kickspecialists were decent this year, but below average. Henry has made 15 of 21 field-goal attempts in his first season as Washington's kicker and 41 out of 42 extra point attempts, but he's only one in three field hits from 40 yards or more. Whitford has averaged 41.6 yards per point this season at 28 punts.
With stars on all three levels in Gaines, Burr-Kiven, Murphy and Rapp, Washington's defense could rightfully be the best that Ohio State has had throughout the season. The Huskies have held all but one of their opponents at 24 points or less and eight of their three opponents to less than 300 yards. As explosive as the crimes of Dwayne Haskins and Ohio this year have been, Washington's defense will force the Buckeyes to a sharp execution.
Obviously, Washington is just an average team. The sled dogs are only 60th nationwide per game (412.4) and are 85th nationwide at points per game (26.6).
The Buckeyes were of course not very good at defense this season. The huskies are not usually a team that scores in tufts, and Ohio State should be able to restrict them, but Browning and Gaskin and the rest of Washington's offense can take advantage of it, if the Buckeyes are affected by the discipline issues of defense plagued all year.
If the Haskins-Ohio crimes become more significant at the end of the regular season and play a big game against the Huskies on New Year's, it does not matter how Buckeyes defends. For if the Buckeyes' attack can exploit its ability, Washington will lack the offensive firepower to keep up, and Meyer should knock out a winner in the final of his seven-year tenure coaching the Buckeyes.
Do not expect Washington to make it easy, and huskies' defense should make Day a headache as you prepare for its final as an offensive coordinator. But the Buckeyes seem to be the more complete team in the film and should have the upper hand in Pasadena as long as they play as motivated as they should.