Urban Meyer’s Ohio State team finished its sanction-shortened season at 12-0 on Saturday with a 26-21 win over Michigan on Friday. While the Buckeyes are ineligible for the Big Ten and BCS championships, Meyer’s season laid a strong foundation for things to come.
With a roster that returns nine offensive starters and five defensive starters, Meyer knows bigger things could be ahead for Ohio State.
Meyer has been to the mountain top before, and with two national championships at Florida, an undefeated season at Utah and now an undefeated season at Ohio State, he’s practically a Sherpa now. For Meyer, the biggest takeaway leading into 2013 was allowing his team to get a taste of winning at the highest level.
“The whole theme this week was go where the air is rare,” said Meyer. “The last door is a big one. Open it up, kick it open, do what you have to do to get through that door. Once you’re in there, it smells different, it tastes different, it looks different. I’m hoping our guys get that taste and they want to go do it again because once you taste that, it tastes really good.”
Well said from a man who knows the trail to the mountain top.