Two days after Ohio State crushed Michigan State to reopen possibilities for its season, Urban Meyer was clearly focused on the here and now.

It would be easy for the Buckeyes to become distracted, considering their game Saturday is against Illinois (2-8, 0-7 in the Big Ten). So Meyer is already intent on fighting that temptation.

Asked about Ohio State’s renewed chances to be in the College Football Playoff, Meyer reacted as if it allergic to the topic.

“There will be zero conversation around here, especially when you guys talk to the players,” he said. “There will be zero conversation about what happened before and what will happen in the future. Zero.”

He dismissed a similar question when asked if the Buckeyes, when playing their best, are playing at a national championship level.

"Those will be good conversations to have down the road,” he said. “We have a very good team."

Ohio State dominated Michigan State 48-3 to take control of the Big Ten East. The Buckeyes’ defense rebounded from the dismal performance in the 55-24 loss to Iowa.

Ohio State played without linebackers Dante Booker and Jerome Baker against the Spartans. Tuf Borland, who was co-defensive player of the game with cornerback Damon Arnette, had a game-high 11 tackles at middle linebacker. Chris Worley, shifted from middle to outside linebacker, also played well, as did Malik Harrison.

Asked if the Buckeyes might be better by keeping Borland at middle linebacker and Worley outside permanently, Meyer said, “We're having that conversation now. I agree.”

He added that Harrison deserved “more and more time."

Meyer said that Arnette, who left the Illinois game with a thigh bruise, was probable to play this week.