“Meyer’s first four teams - a combined 50-4 - have both the most wins and the top winning percentage for any four-year period for Ohio State.”
Rich Exner, cleveland.com
Urban Meyer is entering his fifth season as Ohio State head coach and what he has done so far with the school has been historic. The 50-4 the teams in his first four years have amassed is far and away the best four-year stretch in school history. With the introduction of the Big Ten Championship Game, as well as the College Football Playoff, there are more games to be played, and easy to see why the Buckeyes were able to earn six more wins than any other four-year stretch in school history.
What is more telling for Meyer and the Buckeyes is of those games they’ve played the last four years, they are winning 92.6% of those contests. The next highest winning percentage in school history over a four-year period came from 1972-75, where Ohio State won 88% of their games. Prior to Meyer coming to Ohio State the most recent stretch was from 2006-09, where Ohio State won 84.6% of their games. The 2007-10 stretch also had the same winning percentage, but the last year saw all the wins vacated due to NCAA sanctions. 12 wins this year will allow the Buckeyes to register another year of 50 wins over a four-year period, but Ohio State wants even more, so there could be a new stretch topping the list once the season is completed.
“We had some issues in the offensive line as far as pass protection last year. That was involved in the lack of production from the receivers and the quarterback. The face we were playing two different quarterbacks at time, the continuity was not what you wanted.”
Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer via Bill Rabinowitz, The Columbus Dispatch
It’s easy for the passing game to take a backseat when there is a talent like Ezekiel Elliott lining up in the backfield. The last couple years Ohio State hasn’t needed quite as much out of their passing game because they knew they could get things done on the ground. With Elliott now gone, finding success rushing the football might not be quite as easy this year. Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer knows this and that’s why he is expecting more out of his passing game this year.
After finishing just 100th in the country in passing offense last year, Meyer is hoping for a 50-50 balance between running and passing, with each rolling up at least 250 yards. With J.T. Barrett back at quarterback, those goals might not be as far-fetched as they seem. In 2014 Barrett passed for at least 250 yards in six of his 12 starts. Now with even more experience, more of the same could be seen this year. Meyer knows that for Barrett and the passing game to succeed they’ll need a better effort from the offensive line this season. If the Buckeyes are able to channel their 2014 offensive output, the rest of the country could be in trouble.
“It’s just a mistake that I made and God brought me through it. I’ve learned to appreciate what you have because it can be gone within seconds. I’m just happy to be here and showcase my talent on Saturday.”
Ohio State defensive lineman Tracy Sprinkle via Jacob Myers, The Lantern
So far during his career at Ohio State, Tracy Sprinkle is most known for something off the field. In July 2014 Sprinkle was arrested at the Grown & Sexy Lounge in Lorain, Ohio. Sprinkle was dismissed from the team by head coach Urban Meyer, but a month later he was reinstated after a hair sample determined no trace drug use by Sprinkle. Since then Sprinkle has been buried on the depth chart with talent like Adolphus Washington and Tommy Schutt ahead of him. Now Washington and Schutt have graduated so it’s time for Sprinkle to make a name for himself on the field.
Now a redshirt junior, and with his two years of probation ended, Sprinkle is ready to do his part to help Ohio State reach the College Football Playoff again. Sprinkle had to earn back the trust of his teammates and coaching staff after the incident and has spent the offseason doing his best to be a leader on the young defensive line. The defensive tackle is looking forward to combining with Sam Hubbard, Tyquan Lewis, and the other defensive lineman to create havoc in the backfield, and make Buckeye fans forget about the incident that happened a couple summers ago.
“A lot of things have happened since the 2010 plan. Tearing down St. John is an assumption that got challenged in the course of this project.”
Ohio State associate vice president for planning and real estate via Mary Mogan Edwards, The Columbus Dispatch
In 2010 it was announced that St. John Arena was going to be torn down and the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences would be relocated to the site. There was plenty of objection among Buckeyes, especially from fans who were wondering what would happen to Skull Session, which is held two hours before every Ohio State football home game. To the relief of many Buckeyes, it now sounds as if St. John’s Arena won’t be going anywhere.
A big reason why St. John Arena won’t be torn down is because it was found out that the arena can’t be torn down without French Field House and the OSU ice rink also being taken with St. John Arena. Also, the FAES college has decided that they prefer to stay in their current location, between Olentangy River Road and Route 315. Today’s Master Planning and Facilities Committee meeting will lay out three scenarios on what is to be done in the future with St. John Arena.
STICK TO SPORTS
- The USWNT will be hosting a free public training session at MAPFRE Stadium on September 14th.
- Columbus is a good place to make friends.
- Mike Tyson is swiping ice cream bars at the US Open.
- Watch “Super Mario World”, as told by 80,000 dominoes.