The devastating loss to Iowa five days in the past, Ohio State football coach Urban Meyer spent most of his time on his radio call-in show Thursday speaking about the challenge of facing Michigan State.

Both teams have 7-2 records, 5-1 in the Big Ten. The winner would have the inside track at being the East Division representative in the Big Ten title game, almost certainly against Wisconsin.

"We realize the task ahead of us,” Meyer said on 97.1 The Fan. “We realize it’s battle for sole possession of first place in the eastern side of our conference against a very good team.”

As for bouncing back from the Iowa loss, Meyer said, “When you get hit right in the jaw, you have to get going as fast as you can and surround yourself with really good people, which we have, and fix the errors.”

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Other highlights from the show:

* Meyer on senior center Billy Price: Said when he talked to Abigail Wexner about an internship with Price, “She’s like, ‘C’mon, now. Does he walk on water, too?’ He does everything right. He’s tough, he’s strong, he’s extremely intelligent. He’ll be a first-rounder, we anticipate. He’ll have a successful career even outside of football because of the way he’s set himself up.”

* Meyer on receiver Johnnie Dixon: “Fast dude ... Good things happen to good people.”

* Meyer said left tackle Jamarco Jones is dinged up from Saturday and the season so they’re being careful with him. But he gave no reason to think he wouldn’t play on Saturday.

* Meyer said Michigan State started the season as a run-oriented team, as usual, but are more “throw-happy now” with quarterback Brian Lewerke. “Very strong-armed, accurate guy and also athletic.”

* Meyer on punter Drue Chrisman: “He’s got a very strong leg, takes it serious. That’s one of our strengths right now.” OSU hasn’t allowed any punt return yardage this season.

* Meyer said Brendon White is back on defense. He was listed as a wide receiver last week. Meyer said that was because OSU was short-handed because of Parris Campbell's injury.

* Meyer on OSU’s receivers: “This is going to have to be one of their best games because Michigan State forces you to go over the top.” That’s what happened in 2014 in the Buckeyes’ big win at East Lansing.

* Meyer on the defense’s trouble generating turnovers: “This would be one of those games we need that to happen.”

* Meyer on OSU’s awful starts the past two weeks (Penn State scoring on opening kickoff and then Barrett's pick-six against Iowa. “Don’t do it. Sounds simple. Just don’t do it.”

* Meyer on which of OSU’s true freshmen are standing out: He mentioned Pete Werner, Baron Browning, Jeffrey Okudah, Marcus Williamson. He said he sees Gareon Conley-qualities in Okudah.

* Meyer said he is pleased with the progress of CB Kendall Sheffield, adding that it’s a big week for him.

* Meyer on OSU’s running backs: “J.K. (Dobbins) is a very good player. Mike Weber is a very good player. We just have to get the ball in their hands.”

* Meyer on Michigan State’s success recruiting Ohio players: “They do a great job of identifying the guy who’s maybe a little under-the-radar and developing them.”

* Meyer on road team's success in OSU-MSU series, in which the home team hasn’t won since 2007: “Obviously, that has to change.” Meyer said he wasn’t aware of that fact but doesn’t believe it has significance for Saturday.

* Meyer said the Spartans have top run defense in the Big Ten. “It’s going to be a good challenge for us.”

* Meyer on WR Terry McLaurin: “He’s an A-plus person,” adding that the junior can still develop into an NFL prospect.

* Meyer on his son, Nate, who signed with the University of Cincinnati to play baseball. “He’s a very good student. He does everything right.” Meyer and his wife Shelley are UC grads, and his sister is associate provost. “We just love the school. Love the Queen City. It’s very humbling. (Nate is) our third child who’s a D1 athlete.” His daughters, Nicki and Gigi, played volleyball.

* Meyer on defensive line coach Larry Johnson, who was named as a candidate for Broyles Award, given to top assistant in college football. “He makes the comment that he just doesn’t coach people. He invests in them. You can see the investment and players appreciate that.”

Kevin Wilson was the special guest on Meyer’s radio show.

* Wilson: “We have to work hard to get our mojo and play with a lot of energy against a very good defense.”

* Wilson on Billy Price making his 51st career start: “Very gifted player and person. Legit future in his life, not just football.” Wilson said that even in walk-throughs, Price treats it like a game in importance. Said he’s model for what OSU athlete should be.

* Wilson on Parris Campbell, coming back from a head injury: “He’s practicing and looks good.”

* Wilson said MSU tries to outnumber you in the run game and play physical. That puts pressure on MSU’s DBs, who are usually in man coverage.

* Wilson on MSU’s players from Ohio: “Coach Dantonio (was here) and several of his coaches were Miami of Ohio guys. They’re recruiting the state hard right now.”