Repeat winners against Meyer in rare company


First Posted: 1/1/2015

NEW ORLEANS — Only four coaches have beaten Urban Meyer two or more times since he became a college head coach.

The four and their current schools are: Tommy Tuberville (Cincinnati), Les Miles (LSU), Nick Saban (Alabama) and Steve Spurrier (South Carolina).

AHEAD OF HIS TIME: People have called for a playoff in college football for years and former Iowa coach Hayden Fry was a supporter of that idea back in the 1980s.

In 1985, Fry said, “I don’t think anyone really knows who’s No. 1, 2, 3 or 4 or 5 or 6. That’s why we have to have a national playoff.”

Fry’s enthusiasm for a playoff was helped by watching his Iowa team drop from No. 2 to No. 4 by not playing the last week of the regular season. The Hawkeyes were passed by Miami, which beat Notre Dame 58-7 in its final regular-season game, and Oklahoma, which beat SMU.

There were co-national champions 11 times when polls picked the champs.

IN THE YEAR 2015: The semifinals of the College Football Playoff will be at the Orange Bowl and Cotton Bowl and the championship will be in Glendale, Arizona. In 2016, the semifinals will be at the Chick-fil-A Bowl and the Fiesta Bowl, with the championship to be decided in Tampa.

HONORING TEAMMATES: Ohio State defensive lineman Michael Bennett wore No. 53 again to honor late teammate Kosta Karageorge. Bennett first wore No. 53 instead of his usual No. 63 in the Big Ten championship game.

Also, tight end Jeff Heuerman wore No. 5 to honor Braxton Miller.

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