COLUMBUS – Urban Meyer was an effective campaigner when Florida matched up with Ohio State in the BCS national championship game following the 2006 season.
After No. 1 Ohio State held on for a 42-39 win over No. 2 Michigan in its final regular season game, there was talk of a rematch in the championship game.
Meyer spoke up for his team, which also had one loss. When some other contenders fell by the wayside, the Gators got the invitation and went on to beat OSU 41-14.
Will Meyer go into campaign mode for another public relations offensive if Ohio State remains unbeaten but doesn’t break into the top two in the BCS standings?
He hasn’t decided to do that yet. But earlier this week, he might have been trying to plant a thought in the minds of the voters in the Harris Poll and USA Today coaches poll, which make up 2/3 of the BCS formula.
When he was asked how Ohio State compared to the other top teams in college football, he said, “I think we are right there.”
Whether or not OSU plays in the national championship game, Meyer’s 1 ½ seasons in Columbus have been remarkable.
Eighteen games, 18 wins. A 6-0 start this year after a 12-0 season last year with someone else’s players. Ohio State is four wins short of the school record of 22 straight wins.
Meyer’s 18-0 start is the best in school history. Interestingly, one of the two men next in line is for best start at OSU since 1900 is Earle Bruce, who hired Meyer as a graduate assistant in the 1980s. Bruce’s teams were 16-2 in his first 18 games in 1979-80, as were Carroll Widdoes’ teams in 1944-45.
Paul Brown was 15-2-1 in his first 18 games in 1941-42. Jim Tressel was 13-5 in 2001-02. Woody Hayes went 10-6-2 in 1951-52 and John Cooper was 9-8-1 in 1988-89.
If the wins continue, Meyer might decide it’s time to add a few well-chosen words if that’s what it takes.