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Urban Meyer’s Buckeyes have national title expectations

Urban Meyer

On The Dan Patrick Show, Ohio State Buckeyes head coach Urban Meyer addressed multiple issues he deals with on a daily basis as the leader of one of the nation’s premier programs.

Expectations for the Buckeyes may the most difficult issue to handle. Ohio State doesn’t just compete for Big Ten Championships. The program is trying to compete for national titles each and every year.

“I think it’s real,” Meyer told Patrick. “I felt it on our team last year during our win streak. I try to watch that. I been through it now for quite a while. I try to give some experience to it and focus on that task at hand. No one forced these players to come to Ohio State. No one forced these coaches. You get these top five, six, seven programs and that’s the way it is. You have to win every game you play, embrace it and try to do it. If you can’t, you rebound and try to win the next one. We have a good handle on that here.”

The Buckeyes are a consensus Top 10 pick entering the season, and they were chosen by the media to win the Big Ten Conference. If the Buckeyes hold true to form, they will have a legitimate shot to be one of four participants in the the new College Football Playoff.

To listen to the entire interview, click the video below:

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33 Responses to “Urban Meyer’s Buckeyes have national title expectations”
  1. jpiro says: Jul 29, 2014 12:32 PM

    You played two good teams last year and lost to them both. Just…stop.

  2. markpugner says: Jul 29, 2014 12:42 PM

    What will you do if you get beat by Virginia Tech?

  3. 8to80texansblog says: Jul 29, 2014 12:43 PM

    I think to get in the final 4 from the Big 10, you’re definitely going to have to be the champ and most likely also undefeated…

  4. watchfullhose says: Jul 29, 2014 12:43 PM

    College football by-and-large is played with different players each and every year (last years stars are either a year older and more developed or they’re gone). Comparing the results of last years team to this year is futile. Comparing the results of a team two or three years ago is “apples to oranges” and anything longer than that is “apples to bricks.”

  5. seminolez says: Jul 29, 2014 12:53 PM

    22-0 in the regular season
    0-2 in the post season

  6. stopthemadness101 says: Jul 29, 2014 12:56 PM

    If OSU somehow made the playoffs they would get demolished by the Noles or anyone in the SEC. Would love to hear the excuses then…

  7. florida727 says: Jul 29, 2014 12:58 PM

    I agree with #watchfullhose. That’s the beauty of college sports. Every year is different. Every year is a chance to right the wrongs of the past. There’s always enough turnover in personnel to make a disaster of a season be followed by a pre-season of hope and anticipation. It’s why everyone on this message board loves college sports. Thank God it’s almost August!

  8. cubano76 says: Jul 29, 2014 1:01 PM

    Granddad always said, “Never trust a man with shifty eyes son.”

  9. florida727 says: Jul 29, 2014 1:04 PM

    Sorry, have to disagree with #madness. Would the Buckeyes lose to an SEC team or FSU? Sure, it could happen. You could probably make the argument that it actually WOULD happen. But “demolished”? No. a) even if you hate OSU and/or the Big Ten, at least respect them, physicality will almost always keep you competitive over the course of 60 minutes, and b) Meyer, if anyone, can coach AGAINST the SEC because he was successful IN the SEC. Who better to prepare against a style of play than a guy who ran that style of play?

  10. handsofsweed says: Jul 29, 2014 1:13 PM

    Of course they do. They absolutely should. So does Alabama, Oregon, Auburn, Oklahoma, Florida State and about 10 other really good teams around the country.

  11. polegojim says: Jul 29, 2014 1:34 PM

    Now THAT’S what I want to hear from my HC and AD.

    Are you listening Dave and Brady?

    Go BLUE

  12. jpiro says: Jul 29, 2014 1:37 PM


    OSU lost to Clemson 40-35 on a neutral field.
    FSU destroyed Clemson 51-14 at Clemson. (With 7 of Clemson’s points being a gimme against FSU’s 3rd string.)

    Meyer’s fraud of a team WOULD have been demolished by FSU had they played last year. No question about it.

  13. brownsmakemecrazy says: Jul 29, 2014 1:58 PM

    Lol. Yeah of course you should Urb with that powerhouse of a MAC schedule called the Little 14. Even if you go undefeated, which you should , a 1 loss SEC team will go in front of you. You play absolutely no one thats any good all year. Gee imagine that, the 2 new cream puffs of the Little 14 somehow magically appear on the Suckeyes schedule.

    If you lose to any team on that horrible schedule of yours, you should be fired.

    The Little 10, I mean, Little 14, is 10-22 in Bowl Games the last 4 years, lol. Nice conference. But they will still get 9-11 of their crappy teams going to Bowls. Its funny, one of their sorry teams loses to a MAC team every year.

  14. dmarado says: Jul 29, 2014 2:08 PM

    The Clemson game wasn’t decided until the last minute, even with the MONSTER night Watkins had against a bad defense. Don’t see why people keep pointing to that game as a bell weather of tOSU performance.

  15. wareagle1961 says: Jul 29, 2014 2:17 PM

    With their schedule it would be a shock if they were not in the final four

  16. 8to80texansblog says: Jul 29, 2014 2:50 PM

    polegojim says:
    Jul 29, 2014 1:34 PM

    Now THAT’S what I want to hear from my HC and AD.

    Are you listening Dave and Brady?

    Go BLUE

    Be honest…. if Hoke said that, even you would ask what he was smoking.

  17. general74 says: Jul 29, 2014 3:21 PM

    jpiro by your logic then Florida State barely beat Auburn Who lost by 2 scores to LSU so I guess that makes LSU the best team in the country last year. A teams performance in one game is a terrible indicator in figuring how a team would have done against another team. You have to look at match ups. As good as Florida State was last year there wasn’t a player on their team as dynamic as Sammy Watkins to throw the ball to. Yes I think Florida State probably would have beaten the buckeyes but to say because Ohio State lost to Clemson by a score and because florida state beat clemson by a large margin that they would have demolished Ohio State is just assanine.

  18. gatorprof says: Jul 29, 2014 4:36 PM

    What do you expect him to say?

    OSU (or any other historically top program who has won a national title) would NOT hire a coach that didn’t have national title aspirations.

    That being said, playing a cupcake schedule all year long will be exposed come bowl time.

  19. blacknole08 says: Jul 29, 2014 4:52 PM

    Urban knows he would get DESTROYED by my Noles right now.

    He’s such a wuss and ran a dirty program at UF. Players getting into trouble all of the time and looking the other way. Bet he does the same at Ohio State.


  20. jpiro says: Jul 29, 2014 4:54 PM


    Sammy was the best WR in CFB last year, so you’re not wrong, but the trio of Benjamin, Greene and Shaw would have given OSU fits. And keep in mind Clemson had Tahj Boyd at QB, who’s a far cry from Jameis Winston.

    Looking at matchups, do you honestly not think that the FSU defense that held the dynamic Sammy Watkins to 1 score would have done the same to OSU’s far-less-potent playmakers? And do you not think the OSU D that gave up 40 points to Clemson would have given up even more to FSU?

    I agree that transitive comparisons aren’t the best way to figure out who’s better, but there wasn’t a single thing I saw from OSU last season that made me think they’d stay within 3 TDs of FSU. Clemson was just the closest comparison I could make since it was a shared foe with VERY different outcomes.

  21. polegojim says: Jul 29, 2014 5:57 PM

    @8and8 -what I mean is the attitude and determination… instead of who shouldn’t lose their job if they have another crap year.

    They’re worried about the WRONG things.

  22. gatorfan1 says: Jul 29, 2014 7:08 PM


    That Wuss kicked your ass and won 2 NC’s. And he never had Sports Illustrated do an expose on a dirty program like FSU under Bowden.

    They actually called out FSU and the NCAA and said the program should be shut down.

    Goes both ways! Enjoy your success, it will turn around, just like it did for FSU after 13 years of mediocrity.

  23. gatorfan1 says: Jul 29, 2014 7:10 PM


    That Wuss kicked your ass and won 2 NC’s. And he never had Sports Illustrated do an expose on a dirty program like FSU under Bowden.

    They actually called out FSU and the NCAA and said the program should be shut down.

    Goes both ways! Enjoy your success, it will turn around, just like it did for FSU after 13 years of mediocrity. You guys make a big deal about Georgia Southern but you guys lost 3 out of 4 to Wake Forest. Same difference.

  24. blacknole08 says: Jul 29, 2014 7:26 PM

    Gatorfan, Georgia Southern IS a big deal. It’s Georgia Southern.

    Look at the years before and after Urban was there before you talk about mediocrity. We were still winning ACC titles back then and still are now.

  25. blacknole08 says: Jul 29, 2014 7:31 PM

    He’s scheming in the picture.

  26. gatorfan1 says: Jul 29, 2014 7:58 PM

    First off, notice you wanted nothing to do about Bowden and his dirty program.

    And no you weren’t winning titles in the All Cupcake Conference – AKA The ACC.

    FSU only won 3 ACC titles in Bowden’s last 12 years before unceremoniously being forced out. Another low-lite in Seminole Football history.

  27. jrs45 says: Jul 29, 2014 8:22 PM

    Go Buckeyes!!!!!

  28. blacknole08 says: Jul 29, 2014 8:58 PM

    gatorfan1 says: Jul 29, 2014 7:58 PM

    First off, notice you wanted nothing to do about Bowden and his dirty program.


    Are you talking about academic cheating? What do you want me to acknowledge?

    So many colleges run a “dirty” program. What’s your point?

    Besides, we have two Noles being inducted into the HOF this coming Sunday who are very fine gentlemen who played under coach Bowden and still respect him.

    Urban Meyer was in it for himself. He never cared bout those kids he coached. And if he did he didn’t care enough to bench them like Bowden would have.

  29. gatorfan1 says: Jul 29, 2014 10:16 PM


    You’re the one who brought up dirty programs, just following your lead!

    “So many colleges run a “dirty” program”. I take that as your acknowledgement that FSU did too under Bowden. Thanks!

    And sat people down like Bowden. Now that’s rich. Please give me an example of when Bowden ever sat anyone down?

    FSU is the program that made the NCAA change it’s rules for bowl eligibility for players. After it was disclosed that when Deion Sanders played his last game against Auburn in a bowl game and he had dropped out of school in September, they changed the rules. It is jokingly called the Deion Sanders rule. Nice.

  30. themagicfanguy says: Jul 29, 2014 10:53 PM

    Dirty programs? Hmm I don’t see many murderers and scumbags like the Pounceys coming out of FSU these days. Maybe you should look at your own crappy program(what’s left of it) before pointing fingers. Have fun being a crap team again this year loser!

  31. gatorfan1 says: Jul 29, 2014 11:10 PM


    Wow, how original to see the spelling of Gators – Gaytors. Probably the thousand time I’ve seen that!

    What are you – 8 years old.

    You cut me to the quick with that one! Funny.

  32. ward2061 says: Aug 1, 2014 10:24 PM

    Ohio state is going to lose the first game against Navy

  33. oldforester says: Aug 5, 2014 1:37 PM

    How could the media or selection committee envision a team in the playoffs whose schedule includes only one team (Michigan State) in the Top 25? There is no way Ohio State should get into a four team playoff when all they play are Mid American type teams, and other mostly lowly Big10 opponents. Look at their schedule folks!! How could they possibly compare to South Carolina, USC, Auburn, Oregon, and others whose schedule includes multiple Top 10, let alone Top 25 opponents?? Take the lipstick off the pig already!!!

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