Urban Meyer is set to enter uncharted territory this winter after Ohio State suffered its first loss in nearly two years on Saturday night in the Big Ten Championship Game.
But with the fuming Buckeyes set to earn an at-large bid to the BCS, you can bet Meyer will have his players ready to finish the season the same way they began it, in dominant fashion.
Despite the gut-wrenching loss, Ohio State is still 24-1 overall since Meyer took over and is one of the most talented offensive teams in the country, ranking seventh in total offense and fourth in scoring offense.
With that in mind, expect Meyer and his alma mater to bounce back in a big way this coming January.
Although Ohio State clearly didn’t bring its A-game to Indianapolis on Saturday, you can credit Michigan State for most of the Buckeyes’ struggles.
After all, Ohio State averaged 6.8 yards per carry as a team and took excellent care of the ball. Instead, it was Michigan State’s top-ranked defense that stood out as the biggest winner of the night. The Spartans held up on key fourth downs late in the game and did a phenomenal job of avoiding penalties on both sides of the ball.
But Michigan State’s defensive success can’t come as much of a surprise. They ranked tops in the nation in total defense and third in scoring defense coming into the Big Ten title game, and they simply played up to their impressive numbers.
Plus, despite a sluggish start, Ohio State was able to…
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