The ink is barely dry on the Ohio State Buckeyes’ 12-0 performance in 2012, which won’t include a bowl game due to sanctions levied against the program from the Jim Tressel regime, but things set up quite nicely for the team to make another run at perfection next season.
Urban Meyer’s first season with the program was an unqualified success. He took over a team that finished 6-7—the worst performance by an Ohio State team since a 4-6-1 record in 1988—and was in complete disarray.
The talent was still there thanks to Tressel’s ability to recruit, but the coaching staff in 2011 had no idea what to do with any of it. There was no structure and plan in place and it was very much a case of putting a lot of pieces together and hoping they would fit.
As Dick Weiss of the New York Times wrote in his assessment of the 2012 Ohio State team, fans and analysts will always look back at this team and wonder what might have been. A self-imposed bowl ban…
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