As for his favorite win? “I’ve been asked that a lot, and I’d have to say the 62 points against our rival,” he said of the 62-39 upset of Michigan last year.
Since winning the Rose Bowl, we haven’t seen a lot of former Ohio State Buckeyes head coach Urban Meyer. He transitioned into a job within the athletic department, and coupled with Ryan Day taking over the program and the quarterback shuffle throughout the spring, has been out of the spotlight.
Over the Memorial Day weekend though, a story dropped; Meyer took part in an interview with Bill Rabinowitz of the Columbus Dispatch. Topics ranged from the coaching days at OSU to what he’s doing now. Bouncing around Real Life Wednesday, being a grandfather, and to the transfer portal, one section of the interview focused on the best wins and losses of the Meyer years.
The national championship run definitely was a highlight, and Meyer noted the rise of Cardale Jones en route to title in 2014/2015. But, his favorite victory was last season against Michigan. For those that need a reminder: Ohio State tallied 62 points on the “vaunted” Michigan Wolverines defense. At the time, OSU looked vulnerable—they barely squeaked by Maryland the week prior. But that performance at home against Michigan was one for the ages.
Meyer also talked about his toughest defeat at Ohio State: Michigan State in 2015. In the pantheon of toughest losses for Ohio State, that one ranks up near the top. The Buckeyes were reigning national champs, and had all the firepower on offense and defense. However, a rain-soaked home finale versus Michigan State was the perfect storm for an upset.
However, there have been more good games than bad during Meyer’s time in Columbus.
“Ohio State checks in at No. 7 in the Lindy’s Sports top 10. (By comparison, Ohio State was fifth in the polls published in Athlon’s and Street & Smith’s.)”
We are almost into June. For college football fans, we are inching closer and closer to August—and the beginning of another season of football. Luckily, this is the time of year that preview magazines either begin hitting shelves, or are in the process of hitting shelves.
One publication that listed their preseason top-10 is Lindy’s. And like the other outlets, Ohio State has made it in the top-10. Unlike the other outlets, though, OSU is ranked a little bit lower. In a write up by Steve Helwagen of Bucknuts, he reported that Lindy’s has the Buckeyes at No. 7. That’s a couple spots lower than what a couple other magazines have for OSU.
The teams in front of Ohio State in Lindy’s eyes are the usual suspects. Clemson, Alabama have the top two spots, respectively. Then Georgia, Oklahoma and Michigan round out the top five. Florida slots in at No. 6.
I see why those teams are in front—especially in the top-5. Clemson and Alabama have been constant mainstays in the College Football Playoff, and next year they’ll be the favorites (again). Georgia and Oklahoma have been playoff teams in recent years, and the rosters are once again stocked. Michigan at No. 5 seems suspect, considering how last season ended; however, they have a returning quarterback.
Personally, I think the preseason rankings are a crapshoot. The only true litmus test we have is spring practices, and I don’t think that’s a comprehensive picture for what a team will be like come fall. Ohio State breaks in a new QB and new head coach, and that’s probably why they aren’t a top-5 team at the moment in Lindy’s poll.
“The senior quartet of Daniel Wetterich, Will Grimmer, Caleb Ramirez, and Will Voetsch played inspired golf down the stretch and outperformed all expectations to be competing in the final round of stroke play of the NCAA Championships.”
The men’s golf team ended their season on Monday, coming in 13th place at the NCAA Championships. Ohio State was four spots away from making the eight-team match play, but don’t let that take away from a great season. At the Irish Creek Intercollegiate, OSU finished in second; at the Robert Kepler Intercollegiate, they came in first; and at the Myrtle Beach Regionals, they came in second—which qualified them for the Championship.
Daniel Wetterich led all Buckeyes, ending tied for 19th with a four-day total of 293 (+5). Wetterich began his play at Blessings Golf Club shooting a 72 (E) before having three straight days of 74 (+2). Behind him was Will Grimmer, who finished tied for 53rd with a four-day total of 303 (+15). Grimmer’s best rounds were first and third, where he shot even par. However, he shot six over on day two, and nine over on the final day.
For Grimmer fans around Columbus, you’ll be able to catch him in action later this week at the Memorial Tournament at Muirfield Village.
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