It's hard to argue against a coach who led his team to a 12-0 record in his first year at the helm. But Ohio State's 12 wins is probably the least impressive undefeated campaign we've seen in quite a while.
The Big Ten is not what it once was. A big reason teams like Michigan could win a national championship in the pre-BCS era was the thought that the conference was so tough, so powerful and so well balanced that it was next to impossible to win every game.
Think of the SEC of today, only without the non-conference fluff.
Those days are long gone.
Ohio State is a team that squeaked by Cal, slid past Alabama-Birmingham, edged out Michigan State, barely outlasted Indiana and won a nail-biter against Purdue. With that kind of performance, it's no wonder the Buckeyes aren't being honestly considered for a national championship this season (Ohio State is still eligible for the AP title despite being ineligible for a bowl game).
But if you listen to Urban Meyer, you'd never believe Ohio State was the team that almost wasn't. Or maybe was. Or could be.
Apparently, it depends on what day you listen to Urban Meyer.
Remember, this is the guy who left Florida for “health reasons,” only to return like five minutes later. Then, he left a year later to “spend time with his family.” He promptly took a job with ESPN that kept him on the road each and every Saturday.
All of a sudden, he shows up at Ohio State and says Braxton Miller is better than Tim Tebow. Really?
Are we talking about the same Tim Tebow?
And how is that “spending more time with the wife and kids” thing turning out? We can't possibly imagine the work load for the head football coach at Ohio State being any less than that at Florida.
To put it simply, Meyer has a habit of talking out of both sides of his mouth. We never quite know what he intends to do, even if he tells us. If we were his staff or his players that might have us a bit on edge.
At least he's not a straight-up liar.