How 2013 Big Ten Championship Loss Impacts Urban Meyer’s Legacy

Urban Meyer is a winner, plain and simple. He’s won two national championships, four conference crowns, five division titles and is 7-1 in bowl games as a head coach.

However, after Ohio State’s 34-24 loss to Michigan State in the Big Ten Championship game Saturday, Meyer has lost two straight conference championship games.

Could it be that Meyer has lost his championship touch?

Meyer’s coaching record stands at 128-24 and he’s never had a season below .500 in his career.

It’s not as if Meyer doesn’t know how to win football games, but one can quickly turn a stellar reputation into a questionable future by losing big games.

Urban Meyer was brought in to the Buckeyes program to win them something that’s eluded them since 2002—a national championship.

His 2013 Ohio State team was just one quarter away from reaching the national title game, but it couldn’t close the deal.

That’s something that is very un-Urban Meyer-like and it weighed on him in his address to the media following the loss to Michigan State.

“You know, it’s going to haunt all of us I imagine for a little while, but that’s part of the game,” said Meyer.

What will be really telling is how this team bounces back from losing for the first time since a loss to Florida on January 2, 2012.

It’s something even the players themselves recognize as important to the future.

“I mean, our character is going to show,” said Ohio State…

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