Ohio State beat Washington 28-23 in the Rose Bowl. Five thoughts and analysis of the win, and what it all means.
5. If this really is the last game of the Urban Meyer coaching era …
Is is possible to take for granted what Urban Meyer just did over his seven seasons at Ohio State?
Yes, there was that big, giant controversy that ended up souring everything else the team did this season, but on the field, this was about as amazing a short run as a college football coach could possibly have.
He’ll forever be credited with an 83-9 record as the Buckeye head man – he was, of course, suspended for three games – but this was still his program and his imprint was all over those three wins.
Three Big Ten championships, a national title. The Buckeyes won 12 or more games in eight of the nine seasons, and 11 in the other.
He won a Sugar. He won a Fiesta. He won a Cotton. And now he won an Rose.
How impactful were these seven seasons? You can probably name all nine losses off the top of your head.
Purdue this year. Baker Mayfield Oklahoma and Iowa last year. Penn State on a miraculous special teams play and to eventual national champion Clemson in the 2016 season College Football Playoff. Michigan State by three for the only loss of 2015. Virginia Tech on the way to the national title season of 2014. Michigan State in the 2013 Big Ten Championship, and to Clemson in the 2014 Orange.
And that’s it. If this really was it … he just finished as one of the all-time greats.
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