Urban Meyer FOX Sports college football analyst Urban Meyer walks along the sideline before a game between Michigan and Maryland at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor on Saturday, Sept. 24, 2022. Syndication Detroit Free Press

Urban Meyer, as a three-time national champion college football coach, knows a thing or two about what it takes to climb the sport’s summit.

Given that, he made clear during his weekly appearance on Fox Sports’ Big Noon Kickoff show that he thinks the loser of Saturday night’s primetime matchup between the Ohio State Buckeyes and Notre Dame Fighting Irish won’t make the playoffs.

“I think there is a showdown. It is an elimination Saturday in South Bend, Indiana,” Meyer said. “You know why Mark (Ingram)? Because you look at the back end of those schedules, both of them got really tough schedules at the end of the season. This will expose weaknesses. The loser of the game in South Bend, I don’t think they make the playoff. And I think you can mark it in the winner, they are going to the playoffs this year.”

Ohio State enters the contest as 3.5-point favorites on the road against the Irish. The Irish haven’t beaten Ohio State in football since 1936. Ohio State won last year’s contest in Columbus, 21-10. The Buckeyes advanced to the playoffs while Notre Dame once again failed to make them,

No. 6 Ohio State at No. 9 Notre Dame kicks off at 7:30 ET on NBC.

[Columbus Dispatch]