For as long as anyone can remember, the Big 10 Conference has been known as “Linebacker U” for the plethora of top-talent linebackers it has produced. I’m not even mentioning the massive offensive lines that reside within the conference (See Wisconsin Badgers).
Enter Urban Meyer as the new head coach at The Ohio State University.
Write it down now: Meyer will change the coaching philosophy in the Big 10 Conference from size to speed.
Hear me out. Meyer is a monster in recruiting and will be able to pull talent from anywhere he wants. Two shiny nation championship rings can do that for you. To compete at first, he must build the Ohio State defense for the typical Big 10 offense a.k.a. pounding the ball. That means he’ll need huge d-lineman but I think the next two “layers” is where he will start to differ. Meyer will look for hybrid linebackers that are decent-sized but have speed. His secondary will be built for pure coverage and speed. As far as offense, look for the same system he built at Florida, as soon as he gets the talent.
There’s a reason for all of this: Someone from the SEC has won the national championship the last 5 years. If it’s LSU-Alabama in the ‘ship this year, make it six. There were three SEC teams in the top three BCS spots last week. To win the big-time games, teams have to start competing with the best conference in the land. The Big 10, or any other conference you pick out of a hat, hasn’t been able to do that thus far.
It’s time for a change. Meyer is capable of forcing everyone in the Big 10 to change their gameplan from the typical ground and pound to keep up. Don’t think he won’t.
Will it be the same Big 10 as usual or will the offenses start shifting to speed? Let me know your thoughts in the comments:
Last night, LSU rolled into Tuscaloosa and beat the Crimson Tide in OT, 9-6, in front of 100,000+ hostile fans. In addition to their other big-time wins this year, that easily makes them the best team in the country. However, Alabama is STILL the second-best.
Disagree all you want by saying that Alabama would’ve won if not for early miscues (and one OT one) by kicker Cade Foster and Marquis Maze missing a catchable punt that pitted the Tide deep in their own territory. Fact is, LSU made the game great by being gritty and not making as many mistakes – on the road no less. Personally, I would love to see that match-up again on a neutral site.
The last time a #1 and #2 faced off in the regular season was Ohio State and Michigan, respectively, in 2006 when Ohio State won in a barnburner, 42-39. People back then were clamoring for that to be the rematch in the National Championship game. Instead, Ohio State got smoked 41-14 by the Florida Gators. You may remember that team being led by senior Chris Leak and freshman Tim Tebow- ah the good ‘ole days. Since then, the Southeastern Conference has had a stronghold on the game, winning five years in a row (including the ’06 game).
Since the SEC is clearly the best conference in college football with the best two teams in the country, let the the Tigers and Tide face off again in the BCS National Championship.
“I’d be honored to face that team again,” LSU head coach Les Miles said.
For the best match-up possible for the end of the season, let’s hope the Mad Hatter gets his wish.