Sports Illustrated writer says Ohio State will dominate the Big Ten in 2013, Michigan included
Chalk one national writer up as someone who believes in the power of Urban Meyer.
After going 12-0 during his first season as Ohio State's head coach in 2012, Meyer has set himself up for another potentially successful year in 2013 -- only this time it'll count.
Sports Illustrated's Andy Staples said in his 2013 college football predictions column that Meyer's Buckeyes will "dominate" the Big Ten again next season, competing on a national level while other programs in the league try to "build a nice little team that might make the Rose Bowl."
In case you forgot, Michigan football coach Brady Hoke routinely admits his program's ultimate goal is the Big Ten title and the Rose Bowl.
"No one else in the Big Ten has offered any proof that they can recruit at the level required to compete against Meyer," Staples wrote. "Meyer is trying to build a monster that can compete against Alabama. The defense will be young, but the schedule is manageable. Another undefeated season is a distinct possibility. So too is the possibility that the Buckeyes' schedule gets no respect for a second consecutive year.
"Ohio State needs Sonny Dykes to make a splash at Cal -- the Buckeyes' best out-of-conference opponent -- and Wisconsin and Michigan to have otherwise-great seasons."
After penning the column, Staples was then pelted by angry Michigan fans on Twitter. He had a response for that, too.
"Angry Michigan fans throwing recruiting rankings at me. You’re better than that. Win the league on the field," he wrote. "Meyer has proven he can recruit a national title team. None of the other Big Ten coaches has. Not a complicated concept."
The Buckeyes finished 12-0 this season, but were ineligible for a bowl due to NCAA sanctions stemming from violations under former coach Jim Tressel.
Meyer won his first meeting against Michigan on Nov. 24, beating Brady Hoke and company 26-21.
What say you? Will it be Urban Meyer domination in 2013? Or is too much being made of this?
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