Chris Moore| BKD TV Insiders
The Ohio State Buckeyes are National Champions once again. After suffering injuries to two starting quarterbacks and an embarrassing home loss to Virginia Tech, Ohio State defeated Oregon in what was ultimately a blow out to win their first National Championship in 13 years. Urban Meyer meanwhile won his third National Championship as a coach after winning two down in Florida. Many people doubted Ohio State and the BIG 10 as a conference all season and they ultimately became the big winners of the bowl season.
We should really begin to consider Urban Meyer the quarterback whisperer of college football. He lead Chris Leak and Tim Tebow to National Championships and don’t forget, Cam Newton started his college career in Florida before an academic scandal and ultimately leaving Florida. Now at Ohio State, in just his third season as the coach, Urban Meyer took this Ohio State team to the National Championship with three different quarterbacks. First, it was Braxton Miller, a preseason favorite for the Heisman trophy. Preseason was all it was as Braxton Miller’s season ended in a practice where he re-aggravated a shoulder injury. Insert JT Barrett, Barrett started slow and looked like Ohio State was going to struggle behind their freshman quarterback after the loss to Virginia Tech. Urban Meyer waived his wand and JT Barrett began to show his talent and turned into a Heisman contender after rolling over Michigan State in a huge Big 10 game late in the season. Then against arch rival Michigan, JT Barrett broke his ankle. It looked again like the Ohio State season would end with a quarterback injury. In the BIG 10 championship, some 6’5″ quarterback named Cardale Jones led Ohio State to a resounding 59-0 destruction of a top ten in Wisconsin, leaving the committee no choice but to give them the fourth and final spot in the playoff. Cardale Jones stayed hot leading Ohio State past heavily favored Alabama and Oregon to the National Championship. Sure, all of these kids have talent but Urban Meyer has a special way of getting the most out of his quarterbacks unlike any other coach in America.
Urban Meyer in many people’s minds surpassed Nick Saban as the best coach in college football with the job he did this season. Urban now has three national titles to his resume and looks to continue that pursuit. The future is bright for Ohio State as they could potentially have all three quarterbacks back for next season, however there is the possibility that Braxton Miller transfers and Cardale Jones enters the NFL draft. No matter how you look at it, Ohio State will at least have JT Barrett who was the quarterback for most of the season. Ohio State looked like an SEC team from the dominant age of about ten years ago. Now the rest of the country has caught the SEC with the Buckeyes leading the charge. The question that remains is, when will Urban Meyer be caught by the rest of the coaches in the country?