Ohio State is college football’s top-ranked team, the hottest bet to win the national championship and is set to enter each game this fall as double-digit favorites.
Just don’t tell that to Urban Meyer, and don’t say a word of that to his Buckeyes.
That sentiment was made clear during Meyer’s first speech to the team when Ohio State reported to fall camp.
“Our goal is not to win a national championship. Don’t even talk about that,” Meyer said on the Big Ten Network’s Scarlet and Gray Days, (h/t YouTube user Buckdubbs007). “You’re not gonna hear that. What you are gonna hear is ‘nine strong.'”
Nine strong refers to the nine units that comprise the football team, and Meyer’s belief is based on the theory that if Ohio State is nine units strong, it won’t lose.
But from the outside looking in, expectations for the 2015 season are sky high, and it’s easy to see why. The Buckeyes return 15 starters from their national title-winning team a season ago, and they boast the depth and schedule to make another run at this year’s playoff.
Will they stumble along the way?
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