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Ohio State was the only undefeated team at the end of 2012. National champion Alabama lost to Texas A&M, Fiesta Bowl champion Oregon lost to Stanford, and undefeated Notre Dame lost the national championship game to Alabama.
Regardless of the success or lack thereof in 2013, Ohio State has a major bargaining chip for the 2014 class: The Buckeyes became a powerhouse overnight. With such blatant power happening so early in Urban Meyer's reign, the Buckeyes should theoretically be able to snap up any recruit they wish.
Ohio State's biggest question: Can the Buckeyes infiltrate the SEC recruiting footprint enough to make a significant difference?
Ohio State's big board is full of 4- and 5-star prospects, and the commit list contains no player rated lower than 4 stars. While that's already good, the Buckeyes are in prime position to snatch some talent back to the Big Ten.
Meyer has seen success in the SEC at Florida, and he is the lone coach in the Big Ten who can authoritatively claim that he has what it takes to beat the best in the SEC. He has done it.
Meyer's recruiting results can be the beginning of the next power shift in college football. While the SEC has the track record of national champions, none of the Big Ten teams was blown out by its SEC opponent in this past round of bowls.
If Meyer can get the SEC-bred talent to consider the Big Ten, the conference is already poised to overthrow the "nation's best conference." Nebraska and Michigan needed only a few points to knock off two of the SEC's best, and a slight tilt in the direction of the Big Ten could change the face of college football.
Sure, that's a lot of potential consequences resting on one man's shoulders, but Ohio State can make that kind of impact. It has the history to compete with anyone in the nation, and now it has a coach who can do the same.