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Ohio State looks to be the only team to dethrone Alabama

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From player development to recruiting efforts, the Buckeyes are fighting to be king of the college football mountain.

All State Sugar Bowl - Alabama v Ohio State Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images

“In the span of a little more than four years, Urban Meyer has taken over a program that had a losing record in the season before he arrived and built the Buckeyes into a behemoth capable of standing toe to toe with the Crimson Tide -- and potentially elbowing them off the top of the mountain as the country's top program.”

– Austin Ward, ESPN.com

Since the time Urban Meyer took over for an Ohio State program coming off a 6-7 year in 2011, the Buckeyes have been on a tour de force. Meyer has won 55 of 59 contests as the head coach of the Buckeyes, brought to Columbus a national championship – and defeated Alabama in the process.

That last point is the focal point of Austin Ward’s article at ESPN.com: the Buckeyes are primed to dethrone Nick Saban and the monopoly that Tuscaloosa, Ala. has on national championship crowns.

In the article, Meyer talks about using Alabama as a motivational tool before the 2015 Sugar Bowl – an example of how a team is always in the hunt for a championship, at the top of the football mountain, and how his players can get to the top by beating ‘Bama.

Beating Alabama is only part of the equation. Ward goes into the fact that Meyer’s recruiting efforts has been off the charts. The 2017 Ohio State class is one of the most, if not the most, anticipated classes in college football. The Buckeyes currently hold the No. 1 ranking for 2017’s recruiting efforts, while the Crimson Tide are at No. 2.

But getting talent, again, is only part of the formula to being the best. Developing talent is a necessity at being in the hunt for a national title; that is something Meyer has done exceptionally well in Columbus. This past year, Meyer sent 12 players to the draft, and the team steamrolled their way to a 5-0 start to the 2016 campaign.

Ward closed his article by saying, “the Buckeyes no longer need to come from behind to tap on Alabama's shoulder.”

In a way, it has become a staredown at the top of the mountain for college football supremacy.

“This Ohio State defense, with six juniors, four sophomores and one freshman (tackle Dre'Mont Jones) in the starting lineup, has almost made Buckeyes fans forget about the wealth of talent lost to the NFL.”

– Teddy Greenstein, Chicago Tribune

Part of the reason to why the Buckeyes have been able to win big (and in big games) is due to the defense. The Chicago Tribune’s Teddy Greenstein explained that after the Buckeyes’ defensive exodus due to players going to the past NFL draft, OSU is only surrendering 10.8 points per game this season.

Greg Schiano stated in the article that players wanted opportunities to shine, knowing that they could do what their predecessors did. Greenstein also got Raekwon McMillan’s view on how the defense is one of the best in the country. McMillan said that some practices focus on creating turnovers and getting hands up when the quarterback releases the ball.

The drills seem to be working, as the Buckeyes have picked off 10 passes and have one of the best turnover margins in the country. With one of the younger teams in the entire NCAA, Meyer has recreated another dominant force at stopping the opposition.

As the saying goes, “defense wins championships.” If the Buckeyes keep things up, they will certainly be in the middle of a championship hunt when mid-November rolls around.

“Bosa didn’t play every snap Thursday night, but when he was on the field, you knew it — he found himself in Broncos quarterback Trevor Siemian’s lap often Thursday in the Chargers’ 21-13 win.”

– Dieter Kurtenbach, FOX Sports

Joey Bosa was part of a defense that won a national title at Ohio State. Now in the NFL, he is bringing a championship attitude to the San Diego Chargers defense. In a Thursday night contest against the Denver Broncos, Bosa was putting pressure on quarterback Trevor Siemian throughout the night.

When Siemian was trying to get the Broncos into the endzone for the first time Thursday, Bosa had other plans.

Bosa played about 75 percent of the snaps and had a handful of QB hurries, according to the FOX sports article. Even after missing four games due to a hamstring injury, Bosa has hit the ground running into the backfield.

With Bosa making an impact in primetime football, No. 99 has made himself known to the masses. Expect Bosa to be in the running for defensive rookie of the year candidacy if he can more sacks and pressure on the QB.

The Chargers next game is on Oct. 23 against the Atlanta Falcons at 4:05 p.m.

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