Ohio State Football: Why 2014 Is a Make-or-Break Season for Urban Meyer

In college football, momentum is everything. Urban Meyer has admitted as much. And after back-to-back losses in the Big Ten Championship Game and Orange Bowl to end the 2013 season, the Ohio State coach no longer knows whether or not he has it on his side.

“That’s a great question. I don’t know,” Meyer answered when asked if his program has maintained its momentum through its skid. “Obviously we hit a speed bump. A real big speed bump.”

Whether the Buckeyes have or don’t have momentum is a story for another day and a different column. But in the event that Ohio State has indeed lost its mojo, it better find it soon. Because 2014 is shaping up to be a make-or-break year for the Buckeyes, in more ways than one.

That may seem like hyperbole, given that Meyer has accumulated a 24-2 record in his first two seasons in Columbus. Any program, regardless of its size and stature, should be thrilled with those results, regardless of when and where the two losses came.

No, this isn’t about a lack of success for the Buckeyes, because under Meyer they’ve enjoyed plenty. But for a coach and program who are both ultimately judged by championships, 2014 presents each with their best chances of ending their respective droughts as a series of factors have made the present brighter than the immediate future in Columbus.

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