Urban Meyer and the Ohio State Buckeyes were one win away from playing for a national championship in 2013, but those dreams were dashed by Michigan State in the Big Ten title game.
Ohio State will look to bounce back in an Orange Bowl matchup against the Clemson Tigers, but beyond that, what lies ahead for the Buckeyes in 2014?
With Meyer at the helm, Ohio State's outstanding recruiting should lessen the blow of losing key seniors and a couple early departures to the NFL. The College Football Playoff will debut next season, and the Buckeyes will have an experienced defense and a dangerous offense for a potential national title run.
Here's the state of the program heading into the 2014 season.