The Gatorade-style bath dumped on Urban Meyer Saturday at Ohio Stadium must have felt a lot colder than the ones he got when he aided the actual Gators. Not much else changed though since Meyer took his act from the Florida sun to the perfectly grey and frozen Midwestern November skies.
Ohio State has one of the best coaches in America, a result-oriented, game-changing talent who might be able to do for the Big Ten what confused expansion plans likely won’t – return the league to national relevance.
The Buckeyes downed Michigan 26-21 Saturday, moving to 12-0 on the season and sending shivers down not just Meyer’s spine but through rest of the conference. If this is what Meyer can do in one year with a 6-7 team, then what happens when he gets more time with quarterback Braxton Miller and surrounds him with all of his own recruits?
NCAA sanctions will keep Ohio State from postseason play this season, but the Buckeyes are coming strong now. Meyer is coaching and recruiting like a man possessed, even as he’s vowed to no longer be a man possessed.
We’ve seen this act before, a blueprint he drew up as a young coach at Bowling Green and used to deliver a perfect season at Utah and two BCS titles at Florida. The only improbability here is that this unbeatable season came so fast.
“It’s a great team,” Meyer told ESPN after the victory. “We went 12-0. This is a great team. This will go down as one of the great teams in Ohio State history.”