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Meyer on a BCS championship: ‘We’re nowhere near having that conversation’

Ohio State Buckeyes head coach Urban Meyer yells to his players during the first half of their NCAA college football game against Michigan at Ohio Stadium in Columbus AP

It never takes long for pundits and fans alike to begin looking toward next year once the college football season ends. Once Alabama hoisted the Coaches’ Trophy for its third BCS championship in four years, the conversation immediately turned to whether the Tide can win three consecutive titles in a row.

The early favorite to challenge Nick Saban‘s program? Ohio State. The Buckeyes went 12-0 this season, but because of a one-year postseason ban, did not go bowling. That won’t be a problem for Urban Meyer in 2013, but he doesn’t want to talk about national championships one year away.

“For me to say we have to get there next year, that’s like talking about how we have to go fly to the moon,” Meyer said on Friday. “We’re nowhere near having that conversation.

“We had a good season and there’s a lot of conversation about things that shouldn’t be discussed, because it’s not true… we get a lot better, like a LOT better.”

It’s standard coachspeak, but Meyer is going to have to answer similar questions all offseason and potentially through the season. That distraction will test Meyer’s ability to motivate his team. The first-year coach had to find a way to motivate his group to win 12 games this past season with no bowl game at the end. Now, he has to keep his team playing with an edge even with all the hype surrounding the program again.

(Quotes courtesy of Cleveland Plain Dealer) 

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20 Responses to “Meyer on a BCS championship: ‘We’re nowhere near having that conversation’”
  1. kiopta1 says: Jan 11, 2013 5:39 PM

    Meyer is probably happy OSU was not in ND’s shoes.

  2. halbert53 says: Jan 11, 2013 5:59 PM

    Meyer is one of a handful of coaches who can gameplan and make gameday decisions at the same level as Saban. Give him 2-3 years of his recruits and he can compete for NC. And with easier schedule he will soon be poised for a NC

  3. 50milessouthofdetroit says: Jan 11, 2013 6:00 PM

    they are the early favorite because: vs Buffalo, vs San Diego St, @ Cal, vs Florida A&M, vs Wisconsin, @ Northwestern, vs Iowa, vs Penn St, @ Purdue, @ Illinois, vs Indiana, @ Michigan.

  4. cometkazie says: Jan 11, 2013 6:18 PM

    Too bad they don’t play the other A&M.

  5. whitdog23 says: Jan 11, 2013 6:23 PM

    “his recruits”??? LoL. EVERY coach recruits the same 4 star athletes. some will listen..some wont. no magic Meyer formula

  6. irishdodger says: Jan 11, 2013 6:31 PM

    Meyer saw first hand how a team similar to his would have done vs Bama. Right now there’s Bama & everyone else. ND was a year or two ahead of schedule & it showed as they lacked the talent, depth & experience to compete with Saban. In hindsight, losing a game may have done them so good as they’d been matched up w/ a comparable opponent like KSU, Oregon or Florida. Don’t get me wrong, once Urban gets his players & system in there, he’ll compete.

  7. goodellsadouche says: Jan 11, 2013 6:32 PM

    I’m not a Tide fan, but the reason that big chicken left the SEC, is b/c he KNEW that it wouldn’t be easy to win the SEC East, and IMPOSSIBLE to win the SEC Championship with Saban there. It also bothered him to lose to coaches that aren’t very good coaches, like LSU’s Miles. He figured he’d go to where he could have an easy road to the BCS Championship year in and year out. Unless he can get thru the jaugernaut of Penn St., Michigan, Michigan St., Nebraska & Wisconsin.

  8. goodellsadouche says: Jan 11, 2013 6:35 PM

    When he lost that SEC Championship to Saban Tebow’s senior year, he didn’t have heart problems. His pride was the only thing hurting.

  9. buckeyeluvn says: Jan 11, 2013 6:36 PM

    50 miles, every BCS team in the country schedules cupcakes.

  10. 10of14 says: Jan 11, 2013 9:12 PM

    If OSU can’t go unbeaten with that schedule, they’ll have bigger problems. They will be highly favored in all of them and other than maybe Northwestern and UM, could play average ball and win.

  11. normtide says: Jan 11, 2013 9:13 PM

    I would love to see a Bama vs OSU title game. Personally, I think Meyer will run the B1G for a while. Mainly because Ohio has the best recruiting backyard in the league. Even though Bama is the darlings right now, we have a long way to go to get to another title game. The secondary its going to need a lot of work. Also, teams like LSU, A&M, UF, USCe, & UGA will all be much better. On the contrary, the B1G may be a one team league for a while.

    Irishdodger- I liked what coach Kelly said after the game (and at halftime, really shows he was still calm, that will pay off). He said the Irish now knows what it will take to win it all. You have to play top tier teams just to truly rate your own team. ND has a good coach and is recruiting southern speed players, that’s a winning combo. Best of luck going forward.

  12. canehouse says: Jan 11, 2013 9:24 PM

    This class of high school seniors were in the 5th grade the last time they saw a non-SEC team (Texas) win a national championship. A few more years and there will be an entire generation of kids that only know SEC dominance. A few more years of that is likely… and there will be an entire generation of kids that only know SEC dominance!!

  13. mazblast says: Jan 11, 2013 9:47 PM

    One thing Coach Meyer knows that Brian Kelly et al apparently didn’t know is that whipping up on the likes of Purdue and Michigan* is not necessarily the way to win a national title.

    *The Michigan of the last few years, not the one of the roughly 40 before that.

    You have to give the man credit. He’s one of the few outside the SEC who knows what it takes to win there, including what it takes to beat Alabama.

  14. mdac1012 says: Jan 11, 2013 11:52 PM

    Meyer is going to dominate the B10 + 4, and as a Michigan fan, that really hurts to admit.

  15. canehouse says: Jan 12, 2013 1:35 AM

    He did know how to advance in the SEC…But Meyer couldn’t handle the heat in the SEC kitchen… He definitely tore it up… but ultimately it was too much for him to stomach. Now he will rule the 3 yards and a cloud of dust conf. and will only need to be weary of one game against the heavyweights of the SEC.

  16. 35longmiles says: Jan 12, 2013 8:09 AM

    buckeyeluvn says:
    Jan 11, 2013 6:36 PM
    50 miles, every BCS team in the country schedules cupcakes.
    HALF of their schedule is cupcakes, the other half has a few tough games but nothing that strikes fear in a coaching staffs hearts. They will get huge hype and march to a BCS bowl only to get housed by an SEC team, putting a deserved end to the flawed BCS system.

  17. jmb795 says: Jan 12, 2013 9:22 AM

    Urban picked ND to beat AL by a field goal.
    I am glad stupidity isn’t contagious.

  18. allen227 says: Jan 12, 2013 2:38 PM

    If anyone can compete with Saban, I honestly think it’s Meyer. Wish he would go to Texas and take over.

  19. dkhhuey says: Jan 12, 2013 4:03 PM

    Urban Meyer is building a monster in Columbus right now starting with a destroyer type defense! It is going to be fun watching what happens over the next few years. The Buckeye defense is going to be amazingly good quite quickly!!!

  20. notsosmartski says: Jan 13, 2013 5:09 AM

    Meyer has his pickings in Ohio because OSU is the only place to play big time football in the entire state unlike Michigan, Florida, Texas etc.

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