5 Reasons Urban Meyer Makes Ohio State Big Ten Favorites
The landscape of Big Ten football was forever changed on Nov. 28, 2011 when Urban Meyer was introduced as the new head football coach at Ohio State.
The news doesn't get much better if you're a Buckeye fan, and it doesn't get much worse if you root for any of the other 11 Big Ten schools.
The hiring of Meyer will have an immediate impact on the conference and could distance the Buckeyes even further from the pack than they already are.
Between 2002 and 2010, Ohio State claimed at least a share of the Big Ten title seven times while winning one BCS Championship and three more BCS bowl games.
Big Ten football fans should expect this type of dominance to continue to an even great extent with Meyer and his All-Star recruiting staff officially on board.
Let's examine why the hiring of Urban Meyer will make Ohio State the Big Ten favorites for years to come.
1. He'll Recruit the South Better Than Anyone Else in the Conference
The formula is simple, folks. The south equals speed, and speed equals wins in the world of college football today.
Meyer's ties to the south from his head coaching days at Florida will allow him to bring a level of speed never before seen in the Big Ten.
This will pose an enormous challenge for opposing defenses who have grown accustomed to a much slower pace in the Big Ten.
2. His Spread Offense with Braxton Miller Will Drive Big Ten Defenses Nuts
Gone are the days of grind it out, smash-mouth football, as spread offenses across the nation have ushered in a new style of play.
Meyer brings with him a wildly successful offense that led to two national titles in three years as the head coach at the University of Florida.
With freshman sensation Braxton Miller back at quarterback next season, Meyer has the perfect field general to operate his vaunted spread attack.
Opposing coaches in the Big Ten will be forced to make some major adjustments to prepare for the frenetic pace that Meyer's teams love to operate at for 60 minutes.
3. He Has Assembled the Best Coaching Staff in the Big Ten
Immediately after Urban Meyer was named head coach at Ohio State, he began to assemble one of the most formidable coaching staffs in America.
Innovative offensive coordinator Tom Herman specializes in the spread attack and will be welcomed with open arms In Columbus.
It's no secret that Buckeye Nation had grown sick and tired of the unimaginative play calling at Ohio State over the past decade.
Ed Warriner (offensive line) and Tim Hinton (tight ends) are on board from Notre Dame, while Zach Smith (wide receivers) and Stan Drayton (running backs) round out the offensive staff.
Defensive co-coordinator Everett Withers comes to OSU from North Carolina and should pay immediate dividends along with last year's head coach, Luke Fickell.
Strength coach Mickey Marotti is the dark horse of the group and will be a huge difference maker for the Buckeyes this fall.
4. He's Won More Than Any Other Coach in the Big Ten, and He Did It in the SEC
This one's pretty simple. If Urban Meyer can win in the SEC over the likes of Alabama and LSU, he can certainly win in the Big Ten.
The level of play in the SEC is on a completely different level than any other conference in America, and Meyer was able to win the conference twice while posting a 27-5 league record over a four year span.
It's entirely possible that the level of play in the Big Ten may not pose a great enough challenge for Meyer and things may look even easier than we're anticipating today.
5. He'll Face the Typical Cupcake Ohio State Preseason Schedule
Look for Meyer to start fast out of the gates, as Ohio State opens up with it's standard four home games against the likes of Miami (OH), UCF, California and UAB—go ahead and chalk up another 4-0 start for the Buckeyes.
The Buckeyes will face some difficult games in conference, including road games at Michigan State and Wisconsin, along with home games versus Michigan and Nebraska.
I anticipate no worse than 10-2 next season (it's hard to do much worse when you always seem to schedule eight home games), while the expectation for the 2013 campaign should be undefeated or bust.