Year Two, What Will Urban Do?
3 weeks. 21 days. That’s how long until the scarlet and grey kickoff in “The Shoe” against the University Of Buffalo. After a very successful first season, the question on the minds of Buckeye Nation is, can Urban Meyer do in his second season what he did at Florida and Jim Tressel did in his? Win a National Title!
The 2012 football season was what the Ohio State Football program, university and fans needed to wipe away the stench of the end of the Tressel era, but the scent of success in his second year at the helm is how Urban Meyer will be judged going further. Fair or Not!
Coach Meyer is a two-time National Champion from his days at Florida. Even with the services of Tim Tebow, Meyer’s Gator teams NEVER had back to back undefeated seasons. Granted that was in what I call the NFL’s unofficial farm system, the SEC. Now that he’s in the weaker Big Ten, undefeated seasons will be necessary in order to even play for a national title.
However, Coach Meyer has a very good track record in year two that fans in Columbus are well aware of. The Buckeyes were a victim of his first National Title in the 2007 BCS National Championship game in his second season in Gainesville. At the University of Utah, he led the Utes to a 12 and 0 record, leading the program to earn the first BCS bid by a non-automatic qualifying conference and the school’s first BCS victory. What year was this? You guess it, his second year there after leaving Bowling Green, where in his second season there, all he did was lead the Falcons to a 9 and 3 record. A huge accomplishment for a MAC Conference school that was a combined 60-50 and 2, a win percentage of 54% in the 10 years before his arrival on campus.
Coach Tressel set the bar pretty high in Buckeye Nation with the magical season in 2002 – Sidebar, many fail to acknowledge that “Sweater Vest” won his only national title with players recruited by the successful, but some times underachieving former Buckeye coach, John Cooper. The only key player on that 2002 team recruited by Tressel was Maurice Clarett. At the end of his time, many doubted whether Tressel could win the biggest game. But because he was dominated in “The BIG game” against Michigan – which his predecessor failed at several times – Tressel wasn’t as criticized or on the hot seat until the NCAA violations popped up.
2013 and beyond is what Urban Meyer was brought to Columbus for. He has said Ohio State is the only job he would’ve taken to return to coaching, but we can also assume, he was the only coach Ohio State Athletic Director Gene Smith was interested in moving on from the Tressel era with. Why? His track record for winning the only game after the Michigan game that matters, the BCS National Title Game.
The Buckeyes start the season as the #2 ranked team in the nation. If they can go undefeated and hold that ranking or move to #1, it will lead to a similar one in the all important BCS Rankings that pair the National Championship game opponents. If the Buckeyes play for a national title, Coach Meyer will be expected to do what coach Jim Tressel failed to do in his last two title games and several other BCS matches. WIN!
Meyer gave us more than we expected and admittedly more than he expected in year one. Can he continue his track record and like his predecessor, win it all in year two? He’ll answer question number one of possibly fourteen on that test beginning on August 31st.
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