LISTEN: Ohio State coach Urban Meyer talks Buckeyes and Oregon

When Ohio State quarterback Braxton Miller went down with a season-ending injury before the start of the 2014 season, did Urban Meyer ever think his Buckeyes could play for a national title four-plus months later?

"No — no, no, no, no," Meyer told FOX Sports’ Stewart Mandel. "Seven players off last year’s team are starting in the NFL. They’re not playing on the practice squad or third-string tackle. They’re all starting. That tells you the quality of team we had last year."

Meyer joined The Audible for a brief interview during the lead-up to the national title game on Jan. 12 against Oregon. Among the topics covered:

* What makes Ohio State resilient and able to keep winning despite key injuries

* Why he "loves" Marcus Mariota and tells his own son the Oregon QB is who he needs to like

* Why Cardale Jones’ story is a "case study" for society

Plus more. To listen to the conversation, click on the embedded player at the top. You can get every episode of The Audible delivered to you by subscribing on iTunes

Stewart Mandel is a senior college sports columnist for FOXSports.com. He covered college football and basketball for 15 years at Sports Illustrated. His new book, "The Thinking Fan’s Guide to the College Football Playoff," is now available on Amazon. You can follow him on Twitter @slmandel. Send emails and Mailbag questions to Stewart.Mandel@fox.com.