The moment he took the Gators job after Zook went Zook, there was always this point: while he may never leave Florida, he has two outs in his contract; Notre Dame and Ohio State. That was in 2005 as Tressel was in his 5th year guiding the Buckeyes to their first of
Urban and the Gators then met Tressel and co. the following year and handed the Buckeyes a 41-14 defeat for the National Championship after one of the best years in Buckeye football history. The Gators went on to defeat Sam Bradford and Oklahoma for the '08 title, giving Meyer two championships in 3 years and 2 in 4 years at Florida.
The next year, the Gators lost to the eventual national champs Alabama in the SEC Championship game and a few days later, Urban retired due to health concerns. That lasted less than a week but then he retired for "good" after the 2010 season, this time due to family time. He spent this past year working with Dave Patch and Chris Spielman on the ESPN noon Big Ten games.
-Ohio State 2011-
After the mess in the winter and spring that sent forced Tressel's
The other low lights for the Bucks: a 27-21 win vs. Toledo in week 2 as the Rockts were at the 20 yard line as time ran out. A 24-6 flop at The U a week later and the worst offensive output since 1982 as the Bucks lost to Michigan State 10-7 at the Horseshoe. That was followed up by a 34-27 loss at Nebraska after they took a 27-6 lead in the second quarter. They also slept walked through a 34-20 win over IU.
The lone highlight: a 33-29 win against Wisconsin on a last minute 40 yard touchdown pass from Braxton to Devin Smith. However, the season was summed up when Philly Brown said on that play, the receivers didn't know the play and they just ran around like they were playing on Thanksgiving. The absence of a passing game was a theme throughout the season and was on full display during the win at Illinois. The Buckeyes completed one pass, for a touchdown, on four attempts, as they beat the Illini 17-7.
After the Illinois and Indiana wins, the Buckeyes actually held their own destiny for the Leaders Championship. That quickly was put to an end after they lost at Purdue the next week. After another 3+ quarters sleepwalk, Miller had to throw a broken-play touchdown pass (after eluding 2 defenders) to Jordan Hall (who was blocking on the play) on a 4th and goal to get within one. The PAT was blocked and the Boilers beat the Buckeyes for the second straight time in West Lafayette. For the final home game, the offense (again) was no where to be found and the defense was shredded the high-octane Penn State offense as the Bucks went down on Senior Day.
The Buckeyes were 8/9-point underdogs at Michigan and played pretty well (offensively) as it looked like Bollman let it all hang out (hitting the tight end and a screen pass to Hall). However, when it came down to crunch time, the offense couldn't do anything and looked like a junior varsity squad running the two minute drill. There were poor play calls, slow play calls, and a spike on a 3rd down after they had wasted about 20 seconds getting lined up. It was basically, "here's the play, make something happen Braxton."
The Buckeyes are currently waiting for their bowl bid, which is looking like the Gator Bowl on Jan. 2 versus Auburn or the Insight Bowl in Tempe on Dec. 30 against Texas. There are rumblings that OSU may invoke a self-sanctioned bowl ban in hopes to gain more mercy from the NCAA when they finally get to handing down their sanctions in mid-Decmeber. The only negative with not going to a bowl besides a bruised ego is that no bowl game would deny two weeks of additional practice. However, Meyer will not take over until after the New Year, so it isn't like they would put in his system if they went to a bowl anyway. From the presser though, Gene said that Meyer will take over after the bowl game, so it looks like Ohio State will accept a bowl bid, which will be given sometime next week after the conference championship games.
-What Ohio State gets-