3 Ways Urban Meyer's Ohio State Buckeyes Look Like an SEC Team
Urban Meyer built one of the most explosive and dynamic teams of modern college football during his time at Florida, where he won two national championships in the last three years.
He's slowly starting to recreate that at Ohio State, where he has a similar ability to bring in talented athletes to fit his system.
The Buckeyes went 12-0 in Meyer's first year in charge of what may be a team that is only going to get better with time.
Surely enough, Meyer has already started to slowly turn the Buckeyes into a team that looks like it will fit in well with the SEC.
Here are three reasons why.
Power Running Game
Power backs are the rage in the SEC in recent years, including bruisers like Trent Richardson, Spencer Ware and Marcus Lattimore.
Even though Meyer's offense is considered at times a finesse offense, there is nothing finesse about his backfield. Four of the top five returning running backs on the roster weigh over 220 pounds, including suspended starter Carlos Hyde, who weighs 235 lbs.
Braxton Miller was the primary runner a year ago, but OSU has a rotation of power backs to provide a physical, downhill attack that wears teams down.
Physical running games are prominent throughout the SEC, particularly at Alabama and LSU, the last two SEC champions.
Physical Offensive Line
Power running backs and big offensive lines go hand in hand in SEC country. Such is also the case in Columbus, where the Buckeyes return a very veteran offensive line in 2013.
OSU has four seniors on its line led by LT Jack Mewhort and RG Marcus Hall, who are possibly the Buckeyes' best linemen.
Unlike past years when OSU's offensive line underachieved, the 2012 offensive line overachieved and helped pave the way for the nation's No. 10 rushing attack.
The Buckeyes' front line is one of the strengths of their team and should be one of the best in the country.
Aggressive Pass Rush
Ohio State has put together some ferocious defensive lines in recent years, with stars up front such as Vernon Gholston, Cameron Heyward and John Simon.
This year's line is a fresh crop of faces, but it will be led by two promising sophomores in Noah Spence and Adolphus Washington. In addition to their depth up front, the Buckeyes have numerous players in the back seven who can create havoc in the backfield, including LB Ryan Shazier.
Meyer wants his defense to be more aggressive and attack the quarterback more often, something it didn't do as much of last year.
The staple of most SEC defenses is their aggressive style and creative blitzes. Meyer did plenty of that in Florida and should be able to do more this year with Ohio State.
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