3 Ways Urban Meyer's SEC Experience Will Help the Buckeyes Avoid a Letdown
Urban Meyer has proven he can dominate the best conference in college football, playing in the SEC Championship Game three times in four years and winning two of those games with Florida.
He came to Ohio State in 2012 and led the bowl-banned Buckeyes to their first undefeated season since 2002.
There aren't many ways OSU can improve on that short of another undefeated season, so complacency is a bit of a concern.
But with Meyer, complacency doesn't seem like it will happen, and he should be able to help the Buckeyes overcome a letdown.
Based on his SEC experience, here are three reasons why.
Bracing for Tough Road Tests
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Life in the SEC is extremely difficult, with nearly every road game being a humongous challenge.
It's not quite the same in the Big Ten, but the Buckeyes do have a few tough road games to prepare for this season. OSU must travel to Cal, Northwestern and Michigan among other places this year.
The experience Meyer gained from playing in venues like LSU, South Carolina and Tennessee on a regular basis was invaluable and should translate well to OSU.
Great teams win on the road, and Meyer knows how to get his teams prepared to do just that.
Creating Psychological Advantages
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Urban Meyer has a unique way of getting his players fired up and motivated. After all, he does have a degree in psychology.
He has shown several times throughout his career that he has different ways to get the most out of his players, including incentives such as the Champions Club.
That kind of background proves Meyer knows the right things to do to get his players to understand what needs to be done to win a game.
If his team is in a must-win situation, he understands what he must do to lead his team to victory.
Constant Offensive Evolution
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The nature of college football itself demands that teams either evolve or fade away.
Urban Meyer showed the ability to constantly adjust his offense in each of his first four years at Florida, from sprinkling in packages for Percy Harvin and Tim Tebow to them being the primary weapons and adding speedsters Chris Rainey and Jeff Demps into the fold.
OSU's offense in 2012 was run-heavy but lacked the ability to make many big plays. The Buckeyes finished the season No. 10 in rushing offense and should get even better with a heavy injection of speed in its crop of freshmen.
By adding those new elements, as well as third-year starter Braxton Miller at QB, an Ohio State offense that was among the best in the Big Ten should be even better.
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