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Ohio State Football: Breaking Down Urban Meyer's Blueprint for Success

STATE COLLEGE, PA - OCTOBER 27: Quarterback Braxton Miller #5 of the Ohio State Buckeyes smiles with head coach Urban Meyer of the Ohio State Buckeyes after defeating the Penn State Nittany Lions at Beaver Stadium on October 27, 2012 in State College, Pennsylvania. The Ohio State Buckeyes won, 35-23. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
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Tim BielikSenior Analyst INovember 7, 2012

Most college football analysts and experts knew that Ohio State would soon become a strong football program not long after they hired Urban Meyer less than a year ago.

Not many could have predicted that the Buckeyes would be two wins away from a perfect season heading into their bye week in a season where they weren't eligible for the postseason.

That's a full credit to the work Meyer has done.

Granted, he hasn't exactly come into a program with a bare cupboard. There was quite a bit of talent on the Ohio State roster when Meyer arrived, though a good portion of it was underclassmen lacking a deep senior class.

What he has done in large part, outside of just making the OSU offense including super sophomore Braxton Miller one of the more potent units in the country, is renew the energy and spirit that seemed shattered by NCAA sanctions.

Before he arrived in Columbus, Ohio State was left with diminished hope, suffering from one of their worst seasons in modern football. Mood and optimism were at a low, especially after losing to Michigan for the first time since 2003.

All that changed pretty much the instant Meyer came to Columbus, months before we had a chance to see what his new offense would look like.

Meyer has the one thing that was needed to turn this team back into contenders, even after NCAA sanctions: charisma.

He got the attention of his new team right from the start and they have bought into his message.

Along the way, Meyer tried different ways of motivating certain players with varying amounts of success. He's also shown a propensity to be a little too aggressive, going for it on fourth down more times in one year than Jim Tressel has gone for it in several years.

Meyer has a conviction about him that he's always going to find a way to get things done, and that he isn't going to give up on his team.

When the Buckeyes trailed by eight to Purdue with under a minute to go and Miller sidelined with an injury, Meyer put the game in the hands of backup Kenny Guiton. Whether it was just luck or Meyer giving Guiton the confidence he needed, he led the Buckeyes to their most stunning win of the season, 29-22 in overtime.

That game showed the difference Meyer makes.

It's a matter of conveying confidence, spirit and intensity.

Talent still matters and that's something he's going to continue to build upon while he is the coach. But he knows what to do with that talent and how to get the most out of it.

That's why the Buckeyes are 10-0. It isn't all on Braxton Miller, even though he should be the Heisman favorite in 2013.

Odds are Miller wouldn't be as good as he is this year if Urban Meyer had not come down to Columbus a year ago.

 

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