Ohio State Football and Urban Meyer: An SEC Match Made in Big Ten Heaven
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After recent probation penalties forced the Ohio State football program to vacate all wins in the 2010 season, including their Sugar Bowl victory over Arkansas, Ohio State pushed it's bowl streak against the SEC to six—that is six straight bowl loses for those that are keeping score, and two of those games were for the National Championship.
For all that Ohio State football has accomplished over time, it is truly a hard pill to swallow for Ohio Sate fans and Big Ten fans that the SEC is the dominate conference in college football. So it made perfect sense when looking for a coach to replace Jim Tressel, to go after Ohio born Urban Meyer. Meyer, who at one time not so long ago ruled the roost in the SEC and knows what it takes to get the job done, is a perfect fit for the Buckeyes. Actually, its an SEC match in Big-10 heaven.
In a league stuck in 1965 type football—playing three yards and a cloud of dust—Urban Myer knows how to win and will ultimately bring an SEC flair to the Big 10.
The one thing Meyer had to do when he arrived at Florida was understand what SEC Speed was, and it took him time to adjust to it. Meyer now understands that everyone has fast wide receivers and defensive backs, but to truly win you need fast athletic linemen on both sides of the ball. He will recruit and use his ties and Ohio State's football reputation to begin pulling faster, more athletic linemen from the deep south.
Meyer, much like Nick Saban and Les Miles, knows to win you need fast athletic linemen on both sides, and you have to get them in the best shape you can. That's why Meyers' first hire at the Ohio State University was his good friend Mickey Marotti, who coached with Meyer at Florida. Meyer understands that the strength program is where you make your money and he will build the strongest most physical team in the Big 10.
After shelling Miami of Ohio 56-10, it is apparent what Meyer wants to do offensively. It's the same thing he has done at every stop he has made, and that is run his version of the spread offense. Braxton Miller's 161 yards on the ground, which is a record for Ohio State quarterbacks, is just the tip of the iceberg.
In a league filled with pro style offenses and I-formations, Urban Meyer will provide the Big-10 with something they have never had. Exciting offenses that are effective and work. Yes, Ron Zook tried this at Illinois and so have others, but Meyer just gets it.
Since 2001, when he was hired as the head man at Bowling Green, Meyer has had a plan on how he wanted to run a football team, and it has worked to perfection everywhere he has been. From his time at Utah to the two national championships at Florida, Meyer has proven he can win, and win his way.
Everyone keeps asking when will someone dethrone the SEC. My guess is not anytime soon, but there is a coach that knows a thing or two about SEC speed, winning championships and is back at a power house university that will support him.
My guess is the next time someone besides the SEC wins a national championship, there will be a familiar face hoisting that crystal ball. A face of a man who has SEC ties, and a face of a man who will build an SEC caliber team in the Big-10.
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