Michigan vs. Ohio State: Why Urban Meyer Will Dominate U-M Just Like Jim Tressel

Andy LiuCorrespondent INovember 20, 2012

Urban Meyer will be Ohio State's long-term answer at coach.
Urban Meyer will be Ohio State's long-term answer at coach.Mike McGinnis/Getty Images

It's not Urban Meyer's fault, but if it weren't for the Ohio St. Buckeyes' bowl ban, they would be playing two more games to make it to the national championship game. 

Not Alabama, not Oregon, nor Kansas State. We might have been on the horizon of a Notre Dame-Ohio State championship. That's how good this team has been all season. 

The Buckeyes are 11-0 and have beaten Michigan St., Nebraska and Wisconsin. 

This weekend, the Buckeyes should have a tough game against their rival Michigan Wolverines, but ultimately come away with the win. Then many more after that. 

Braxton Miller 

The dual-threat capabilities of quarterback Braxton Miller should cause plenty of headaches for the Michigan Wolverines. 

Miller should have a field day against the 52nd-ranked run defense of Michigan. 

The Buckeyes rank ninth in the country with 245.5 yards per game. Miller and running back Carlos Hyde make up the bulk of the running game. 

If they are to be dominant, and all signs point to the fact that they will, they would keep the Michigan offense off the field. 

Defensive line pressure

Another reason the Buckeyes should be able to disrupt the frenzied Michigan attack is in the trenches.

Last week, defensive end John Simon had four sacks and now leads the conference with nine. Not only did he have four sacks in a single game, but he did it against the always-stout offensive line of the Wisconsin Badgers. 

If the Buckeyes are able to disrupt the rhythm of either Devin Gardner or Denard Robinson, they will be able to control the line of scrimmage.

Keep in mind, this game is played in Ohio St., and if Michigan chooses to start a quarterback in his first extended run as a college signal-caller, they may be in trouble. 


The reason Urban Meyer will dominate Michigan is because of Meyer's track record against his rivals. At Bowling Green State University, Utah and Florida, Urban Meyer went a total of 13-3 against his rivals. 

The reason for that is Meyer's ability to recruit. His brash way of recruiting, or the SEC way, has already rubbed other Big Ten coaches the wrong way

Almost immediately, Ohio State is back in the race for many of the five-star recruits that were going elsewhere years ago.

Compare that to 2011, when the Buckeyes weren't even in the top 25.

Ranked sixth in the nation, the Buckeyes are going to dominate for the foreseeable future as long as Meyer is coach.