Winning 24 consecutive games will give a team a lot of confidence.
That’s natural. Reaching that level of success doesn’t happen by accident. Feeling self-assured is inherent.
But what happens when that team is knocked off its mountaintop?
That’s a question Urban Meyer and the Ohio State Buckeyes are trying to answer this spring.
Ohio State, of course, just watched its historic run come to a crashing halt. One victory away from playing Florida State for a national championship, the Buckeyes faltered in a 34-24 loss to Michigan State in the Big Ten title game.
Four weeks later in Miami, Ohio State dropped its second consecutive game against Clemson in the Orange Bowl.
Did a sense of entitlement poison the Buckeyes? According to Tony Gerdeman of The Ozone, Meyer wouldn’t go that far.
“I felt last year, I don’t want to say the word entitled, but I felt like there was…” something. Meyer didn’t specifically say what he thought that was, but he did expand on his thought.
“I like an angry and blue-collar team,” Meyer said. “Were we that? I don’t know.”
It’s easy to understand why Meyer likes angry teams. His best squads were mad about something.
In 2006, Meyer led an angry Florida Gators team all the way to Glendale, Ariz., for a matchup against Jim Tressel’s top-ranked Buckeyes. With a national title on the line, Meyer’s Gators expressed that anger in a laughable rout over their heavily favored opponent.
According to Tim May of The Columbus…