Ohio State Football Recruiting: Urban Meyer's 5 Best Victories over Nick Saban

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Ohio State Football Recruiting: Urban Meyer's 5 Best Victories over Nick Saban
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Like the rest of the college football world Urban Meyer is chasing the success of Nick Saban at Alabama.

Urban Meyer was named the head coach of Sports Illustrated's All-Decade Team for the 2000s. He earned that honor by winning at all three stops he made during that decade. 

First he won at Bowling Green, then he busted the BCS with Utah and followed that up with two national championships at Florida in his first four seasons there.

Nick Saban was successful during the 2000s himself. He won a national championship at LSU and then closed out the decade winning a second title with Alabama. 

Meyer and Saban coached together in the SEC for four seasons. They met on the field three times, two of those in the 2008 and 2009 SEC championship games 

Meyer got the best of Saban in 2008 and went on to win his second BCS title. Saban flipped the script in 2009. 

After that loss, Meyer's Gators weren't the same. He took a leave of absence, came back for a disappointing 2010 season and then retired.

But Meyer is back at it with Ohio State. But during his year away and his bowl absence last season due to Ohio State's sanctions, Saban has built Alabama into the best program in America.

Meyer knows Alabama is the gold standard right now and is trying to build his program to the level that Saban has the Crimson Tide's.

If Ohio State is going to reach that level of success, it's going to have to start with recruiting. 

Despite being in close proximity, Meyer and Saban didn't battle over many offensive players because of their contrasting style. However, Meyer has scored several victories over Saban on the recruiting trail.

Meyer's best victories are judged regarding the players recruiting ranking, not their collegiate or professional careers.


Recruiting information is courtesy of Scout.com, Rivals.com and 247Sports unless noted otherwise.

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