Ohio State Football: Is the Rivalry Between Nick Saban and Urban Meyer on Again?

Tim BielikSenior Analyst IMay 29, 2013

TUSCALOOSA, AL - OCTOBER 02:  Head coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide shakes hands with head coach Urban Meyer of the Florida Gators after the Crimson Tide's 31-6 win at Bryant-Denny Stadium on October 2, 2010 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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Despite winning two consecutive national championships, Alabama coach Nick Saban decided to remind us in the dark days of the college football season what we already know: The SEC is deeper than the Big Ten.

On Tuesday at SEC spring meetings, Saban told reporters that he doubts the Ohio State Buckeyes would have beaten three of the top six SEC teams from last season.

The truth is that when Saban is talking about the top six teams from the SEC, it means something much more significant than the top six teams from the Big Ten. Consider that the sixth-highest ranked SEC team in the AP Poll—LSU—was still in the top 15 compared to the Big Ten's sixth-highest ranked AP Poll team—Wisconsin—which mustered just six total votes.

Saban shouldn't need to defend the integrity of his conference, because that's already been done for him by the track record of the SEC in championship games.

Or is he starting to get a little concerned about what his former rival Urban Meyer is doing in Columbus with the Buckeyes?

Saban and Meyer hooked up in consecutive SEC Championship Games in 2008 and 2009 when both teams were ranked at the top of the BCS standings, with each winning a national championship in that stretch.

Meyer resigned at the end of the 2010 season, and Saban has only lost two games since then.

Two years later, Meyer returned to the college game to try to challenge Saban, whose Crimson Tide have dominated the game like no program since USC in the middle of the last decade or Miami from 2001-2002.

Maybe the comments Saban made mean that he senses that a rematch is almost imminent and that the college football world is focusing on these two coaches once again.

It seems like it as well, with Alabama and Ohio State likely being the top two teams in most preseason polls in the months to come.

Meyer knows better than anyone that to get to the top of the mountain; you have to be willing to knock off anyone in your way. He has experience in that, doing what few expected when his Florida Gators embarrassed the Jim Tressel-led Buckeyes in the 2007 BCS National Championship Game in a 41-14 demolition.

That win, ironically enough, set up the stage for a game that we all know is coming.

Meyer vs. Saban: Round 3.

The question is, will we get it this year?


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