The Ohio State Buckeyes turned in one of the proud program’s best seasons in 2012, which is surprising and not surprising at the same time. In head coach Urban Meyer‘s first year at The Horseshoe, Ohio State finished a perfect 12-0 season that included blowouts, close wins, ugly wins and sheer style. However, this was overlooked because of the Buckeyes’ postseason ban, but that will change in 2013.
Everyone knows Meyer is one heck of a football coach; he’s built very successful programs everywhere he’s been, with the most notable being Utah and Florida. He took a team that had a losing record in 2011 to an undefeated season in 2012 that would have ended in a national championship appearance had it not been for the postseason ban. The scariest part is Ohio State might have an even better team next year and the Buckeyes get their Heisman Trophy candidate back in junior quarterback Braxton Miller.
Considering what Meyer did with a young Tim Tebow at Florida, the fact he has at least one year left with Miller (and probably two) should at least garner a raised eyebrow from the SEC. Meyer and Tebow are partly responsible for the run of national titles by the SEC and now that he’s in the Big 10, Meyer is looking to alter that trend.
The team Meyer has at Ohio State is not only talented, but they are mentally tough, which is a staple of a Meyer team. His players know what’s at stake and they bring an intensity to the field each and every snap that only teams like Alabama can match. If I had to bet, I’d say we’ll see an Alabama-Ohio State matchup in the national championship this year and although the Crimson Tide will be favored, don’t count out the Buckeyes in 2013.