"The 28-member class, which 247Sports rated No. 2 in the country on national signing day that year, could be even better than Meyer's 2006 haul at Florida—which included first-team All-Americans Tim Tebow, Percy Harvin and Brandon Spikes—or the 2007 group that featured four first-round NFL draft picks in Cam Newton, Joe Haden and Maurkice and Mike Pouncey."
We already knew the 2013 class was special. This became apparent as the season progressed last year and the second year players stepped up to lead the Buckeyes. Names like Bosa, Barrett, Bell, Wilson, Marshall, Apple, and Elliott led the Buckeyes to a national championship. As they look forward to their third and what could be for some their final year on campus, it's a good time to think about where this class ranks. Certainly it is the best class that Urban has brought in during his tenure at Ohio State. And while Meyer brought in treasure troves of recruits every year while he was at Florida, the 2013 Buckeye class is better than any he ever had down south.
Will this be Urban's best class ever at Ohio State? It seems almost greedy to say "no". However, with Meyer's history of bringing in top classes it is not out of the realm of possibility that he could eclipse the 2013 talent haul in the near future. Success breeds success and the Buckeyes are the hottest thing in college football right now. After all, the 2013 class was only ranked second in the country.
"Regardless of who starts under center for coach Urban Meyer, the Buckeyes have one of the nation's best trios."
Lassan ranks the top offensive trios in the country. A trio is made up of a quarterback, running back, and wide receiver. Lassan ranks the Buckeyes as tops in the country with Cardale Jones, Ezekiel Elliott, and Michael Thomas. To be honest, my first thought was "we can only choose three?" The Buckeyes have a wealth of offensive talent. So much so that names players like J.T. Barrett, Jalin Marshall, and Curtis Samuel are not even mentioned. Oh, and neither is the two-time Big Ten player of the year, though he is coming off a significant injury.
The Buckeyes are absolutely loaded on the offensive side of the ball heading into 2015.
"The height of over-the-top SEC rhetoric may have reached its peak a year ago at the SEC spring meetings. Arkansas coach Bret Bielema explained that he left Wisconsin because the SEC would get a "minimum" of two teams in the four-team College Football Playoff."
My how times change. This time a year ago the college football talking heads were in full SEC swoon mode, continuing to declare the SEC as seemingly unbeatable; its relinquishing of the national title a one year blip. Fast forward a year and victories by Ohio State, Wisconsin, and Michigan State have done their part to change the national perception of two conferences, the SEC and the Big Ten.
Of course the SEC is not going to shrink into oblivion. Not with their talent, fan base, and (most of all) money; the last place coach in the SEC West will make more than four million dollars during the 2015 season. What last season did change, however, was the notion of the SEC as unbeatable; while simultaneously changing the perception of the Big Ten as a slow and outdated conference. Ohio State has led, and will continue to lead, the drive to bring the myth and mystique of the SEC back down to earth.
"Due to construction in Stark County, state HS football finals staying at Ohio Stadium in 2016 and '17. Return to Mass/Canton in '17, '18."
Score one for central Ohio high school football fans. Really, I have no idea why the state finals are not permanently set at Ohio Stadium. Not to discount the facilities in Stark County, which is itself a hotbed for high school football, but how can there be a better venue than the Horseshoe for such an event?
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