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Ohio State’s Urban Meyer tasked with facing dynasties

Urban Meyer and LeBron James have more in common than you might think.

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“This much is true. If Saban didn’t exist, Meyer would have won even more titles. If the Warriors didn’t exist, James would have won even more titles. Just like both of them won more earlier in their careers.”

- Doug Lesmerises,

Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer has been one of the top college football coaches in the country for just about as long as he’s been coaching. He really took off at Utah and then made his way to Florida, where he won two championships before coming to Columbus. So far with the Buckeyes, Meyer has already won one national championship and Ohio State has been at or near the top of the standings each season he’s been at the helm.

But the reality is that even being one of the best coaches in the country doesn’t mean you’ll win championships on a consistent basis. Much like LeBron James has to face a dynasty team in the Golden State Warriors, Meyer has his own problems dealing with Nick Saban and the Alabama dynasty. Saban has stopped Meyer from going to the national championship on several occasions, most recently last season when the Crimson Tide edged out the Buckeyes in making the College Football Playoff. Meyer has a 3-0 record when making the championship game, but it’s all been about reaching that point for him.

And just like James has to figure out what works best and gives him the best chance to win, Meyer will have to likely find a way around, or through, Alabama for as long as Nick Saban is still coaching there.

“In some years, that type of schedule can cost Ohio State. Unfortunately, I think there’s a fair argument that if the Buckeyes had played Tulsa instead of Oklahoma last season they’d probably have made the playoff. But having a win against Oklahoma also buoyed Ohio State in 2016, so it just depends on the season.”

- Ryan Ginn, Land of 10

The non-conference scheduling for Ohio State has always been a hot topic, and this season is no different. The Buckeyes face off against TCU in Texas at a neutral site this season — even if it is Arlington, Texas — and also host Oregon State and Tulane. That schedule isn’t super intimidating, but you have to account for the fact that this could be an ideal schedule for Ohio State to make it back into the College Football Playoff. There’s no denying that TCU has earned respect as a solid program over the course of the last few seasons.

While they may not be considered a powerhouse, the Horned Frogs should give the Buckeyes enough of a boost in clout for the committee should Ohio State win. Oregon State and Tulane are good enough to stay away from FCS teams, so the Buckeyes have a nice rounded non-conference schedule this fall.

Since Ohio State plays in the Big Ten, they’ll still be facing tough conference teams as well. Penn State, Michigan, and Michigan State should be plenty to showcase that the Buckeyes could be contenders — and not to mention playing in the Big Ten championship game.

“[Top 50 Ohio State football players for 2018] No. 42: Shaun Wade

- Tim Bielik,

The folks over at are breaking down their top 50 Ohio State football players for the upcoming season and the list continued on Tuesday with redshirt freshman cornerback Shaun Wade.

Wade made the list at No. 42 overall, and was one of the top recruits in the country last season when he joined the program. Because of some injuries before the 2017 season, Wade decided to redshirt and prolong his career as a Buckeye, but there’s hope he could make a leap this season as he tries for playing time.

The problem for Wade comes in the depth at his position. Right now, Ohio State has Kendall Sheffield, Jeffrey Okudah, and Damon Arnette as the top three guys.

If Wade wants to make an impact right away this season, he’ll likely be starring in a special teams role, which we’ve seen plenty of players head to stardom coming from that route. And it’s certainly possible that Wade plays a similar role to what Okudah did last season, which was come in when needed and perform at an extremely high level. Ohio State will provide plenty of opportunities to shine on big stages.