Ohio State coach Urban Meyer says he meant no disrespect to Virginia Tech when he blamed the Buckeyes' stunning home loss to the Hokies last season on his team's "lack of preparation."
That doesn't figure to be a problem Monday night.
The Buckeyes, the first unanimous preseason No. 1 team in college football, get a chance to exact revenge in what promises to be a raucous Blacksburg, Va.
Ohio State won 13 in a row, and the national championship, after that 35-21 loss a year ago. While Meyer and most of his players downplay revenge as a motivator, quarterback J.T. Barrett has a photo of Lane Stadium as the background on his phone to remind him of what happened in 2014.
Barrett threw three interceptions in the loss, including one that Donovan Riley returned 63 yards for a touchdown with 46 seconds to go, making the Hokies the first nonconference opponent in 65 games to win at Ohio Stadium.
Barrett is not alone in admitting the loss still stings.
"They came into our house and embarrassed us," said senior tight end Nick Vannett, who figures to loom large in the Buckeyes' passing game because of suspensions and injuries to four receivers. "We're out for revenge and we're going to do the same thing to them."
The Hokies have played the No. 1 team eight times, and have lost all eight. "I don't know that there's ever been a No. 1 team in the country that's as far No. 1 as this crowd is," coach Frank Beamer said.
Meyer hasn't said who his starting quarterback will be, Barrett or Cardale Jones.
No. 3 Alabama 35, No. 20 Wisconsin 17: With Heisman Trophy runner-up Melvin Gordon now in the NFL and Corey Clement dealing with a groin injury, Wisconsin got run over in its season opener in Arlington, Texas.
These Badgers certainly didn't resemble the team that averaged 264 yards rushing per game over the past five seasons in former offensive coordinator Paul Chryst's first game as their head coach.
Derrick Henry ran for 147 yards and three touchdowns for the Crimson Tide in the victory over the Badgers, whose 40 rushing yards were their fewest since 19 in a 2012 game against Michigan State.
"There are some areas we've clearly got to improve upon for us to be the team we need to be," Chryst said.
Along with the groin that Clement said afterward he tweaked in practice, Wisconsin lost senior safety Michael Caputo, its top tackler last season, when he sustained a head injury while tackling Henry on the third play of the game.
Clement, in his first game as the featured back, had eight carries for 16 yards. His longest run was 5 yards.
"I was hoping that the pain would subside during the game," he said. "I really couldn't push it … I had to be smart."
Marshall 41, Purdue 31: Tiquan Lang returned an interception 30 yards for a touchdown on the first play from scrimmage, and his 55-yard return of a pick for a score with 1:20 left in the game preserved the Thundering Herd's victory over the Boilermakers in Huntington, W.Va.
Both of Lang's interceptions were thrown by Austin Appleby, who had four in the game.
"We shot ourselves in the foot a couple times with those turnovers," Purdue coach Darrell Hazell said. "It's always hard to come back from pick sixes."
Purdue lost its eighth straight road opener and seventh consecutive game dating to last season.