Ohio State Football: Why 2012 Will Certainly Be a Year to Remember

Tim BielikSenior Analyst IAugust 24, 2012

FLORHAM PARK, NJ - MAY 24:  New York Jets head coach Rex Ryan talks with Ohio State football coach Urban Meyer at an organized team activity at the New York Jets practice facility on May 24, 2012 in Florham Park, New Jersey.  (Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)
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The Ohio State season is a week away as, at long last, the Urban Meyer era is finally set to begin in Columbus.

The ESPN All-Access Training Days show certainly gave an inside look into how Meyer is running the program.

And what it showed is that Meyer gets it. He understands what the tradition of Ohio State is and what needs to be done at OSU in order to be a success.

Success for Ohio State is something that might not be so easy to measure this season because the Buckeyes will not get to play in a bowl game due to NCAA sanctions, even if they somehow manage to go 12-0 this year.

But there is plenty of reason to be excited this season and it's because the sense around the program is people want to be a part of what they believe will be a special time at Ohio State.

Everywhere Urban Meyer has gone, he has won: Bowling Green, Utah and especially Florida.

Now at Ohio State—which has as great a winning tradition as any other program in the country—Meyer has a chance to reestablish his legacy.

He has a great tool to do so when it comes to exciting sophomore QB Braxton Miller, who is expected to take a quantum leap in production under Meyer's tutelage.

But if there's anything the ESPN show has taught Ohio State fans about Meyer, it's that he knows how to get his players fired up and how to motivate them the right way.

With his motivation as well as leaders like John Simon and Zach Boren, there's no reason that the Buckeyes shouldn't be ready to play.

The other thing that should have the Buckeyes ready to go is the motivation to get revenge on some of the teams that put up some rare wins on a weak OSU team last year: Michigan State, Nebraska, Purdue, Penn State and especially Michigan.

That's not to say that Ohio State will beat all five of those teams this year, but they certainly have the ability to win three or four of those games.

A new offense, plus a quest for some revenge, is plenty to get Buckeye fans excited without even bringing up Urban Meyer. Adding a talented recruiting class full of defensive studs is just the icing on the cake.

Ever since Meyer was hired as the coach two days after OSU's 40-34 loss at Michigan—their first loss to their archrival since 2003—all eyes have been on the opener on Sept. 1 against Miami (OH).

It's a new era in Buckeye football, and if Meyer can win a national championship or two in Columbus, people will look back to 2012 as the year where it all got started.

This is where we will see Meyer plant the seeds of what fans hope is another Ohio State dynasty in the Big Ten, and in all of college football.


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