A return to the College Football Playoff semifinals, wins over three teams ranked in the final Top 10 of the polls, including a fifth-consecutive win over the team's rival from the north, highlighted an 11-2 campaign in 2016.And in 2017 Ohio State returned to the top of the Big Ten Conference, defeating Wisconsin in the Big Ten championship game and then USC in the Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic, 24-7, to cap a 12-2 campaign.And his team members are getting it done in the classroom, as well.Ohio State Buckeyes have earned four academic All-American honorees the past three years, one National Football Foundation Scholar-Athlete award and the team is coming off its finest academic semester under Meyer last fall with record numbers of students with 3.0 (or above) grade point averages for the semester and cumulatively."This University and the state of Ohio have enormous meaning to me.My duty is to ensure that Ohio State's football program reflects and enhances the academic mission of the institution.
The win so convinced the CFP committee that it chose Ohio State as the No. 1 Alabama, 42-35, and claim the Sugar Bowl championship and a date in the national championship game vs. A loss to Michigan State on the last play of the game kept the Buckeyes from repeat appearances in the Big Ten title game and the College Football Playoff in 2015, but Meyer's team stayed true to its competitive nature and made the home state proud, once again, by closing the 12-1 campaign with dominant wins over Michigan in Ann Arbor, 42-13, and Notre Dame, 42-28, in the Battle Frog Fiesta Bowl.
More than 50 companies across all sectors, including hospitality, law enforcement, broadcasting, medical sales, athletic administration, finance and business, send human resource representatives to meet with and ask questions of the Buckeye student-athletes. Nicki and her husband, Ohio State graduate assistant Corey Dennis, are the parents to the Meyer's first grandson, Troy, who was born on CFP selection Sunday last November.
Meyer became the 24th head coach in the storied history of Ohio State football when he signed a six-year agreement to coach the Buckeyes on Nov. He was the only candidate interviewed by a five-member search committee of senior Ohio State leaders, headed by then-President E. "In Urban Meyer we have found an exemplary person and remarkable coach to lead the University's football program into the future," Gee said.
He was also a finalist for four additional national Coach of the Year Awards.
The winning and the history making continued for Meyer and the Buckeyes in Year 2, with Ohio State extending its winning streak to school-record status (24 games) and ultimately finishing a 12-2 season with a second consecutive Big Ten Leaders Division title, a berth into the Big Ten championship game and an invite to the Discover Orange Bowl.