Pax Urbana: Foundation Work

By Chad Peltier on January 8, 2013 at 5:00p
"Veni, vidi, vici." -Emperor Urban

The University of Alabama is in a golden age with a seemingly unconquerable college football dynasty.

Like the ancient Pax Romana, there is peace within its Southeastern Conference empire – well, aside from for the occasional uprising.

The Sabanian dynasty, winner of one out of every four BCS Championships ever played, is at its peak in Tuscaloosa with Nicklius an impressive 62-13.

Further, a team known for its defense managed .575 points per play against the number one scoring defense in the country. That's over half a point every time center Barrett Jones snapped the ball. 

Saban's "star" running back (who may not even be the best running back on Alabama's team) broke tackle after tackle from the Heisman runner-up

Taking it all in from a field-level seat in Miami was Urban Meyer.

Meyer did not come to Ohio State to sit at home idly during the national championship, nor did he come to play December bowl games. Urban came to Columbus to win national championships and to build something great.

Meyer might not have been able to coach in it this year, but by Woody, he was going to be in that stadium for the national championship. 

His own undefeated team – with somewhat of its own B1G dynasty – was not the one hoisting the crystal last night. But did it deserve to?

"That's a tough question," Meyer told USA TODAY Sports. "After today's performance it sure is clear who the best team in the country is." 

What's not a tough question is where Meyer wants the program to be next year and throughout his tenure: challenging Saban's hegemony. 

Roby returned for some unfinished business. Conquest. Roby will help lead the conquest 

Ironically, to achieve a true Pax Urbana – multiple national titles during his tenure – Ohio State must ultimately go head-to-head with Alabama and conquer the Southeastern Conference.

The good news is that Meyer has some experience ruling over the SEC.

Meyer worked as an ESPN analyst and commentator not only because he enjoys talking about football, but because he's always scouting and learning about the game.

It was an interesting move. While Ohio State was denied the 15 bowl practices this year, Meyer didn't need to join Herbie, Chris Fowler, and Desmond Howard – do you think he really wanted to subject himself to hanging out on set with Howard all night?

That makes what he actually said before and during the broadcast all the more important to Buckeye fans.

Before the game, Urban talked about what it is like to go to the national championship multiple times:

"There’s a big difference. The first time around, you’re just wondering if you really belong. Are your players good enough, is your staff good enough, where’s the training table, where’s the meals at, you’re just not sure what’s going on. The second time around, we had a lot of the same players like Alabama does, they know what’s going on, they know they belong, so it’s a big difference. I’m not sure what’s better though. There’s a stat out there that [eight] first-time coaches in this game are 7-1."

Essentially, Urban was saying that it's maybe easier to approach greatness than it is to maintain it. BCS history supports this, with multiple national championship-winning coaches securing the title in their second year on the job

"Well you look at the two teams, Brian Kelly is building a program and there’s passion, energy, every day is new... maintaining that is awful. I mean there’s a lot of kids in that program - I can’t speak for Alabama, but I imagine there’s a bunch of guys who woke up on third base and they’re used to this. Every day, where’s the rings at, where’s our championship trophy. There’s a big difference between being a repeat team and being a first timer."

Unfortunately for Brian Kelly and Notre Dame, it's also not that easy to be a first-timer, especially going against Alabama.

Meyer's task at Ohio State is a little different, however. Meyer must take a team that is neither a "first timer" nor a repeat champion, and make it into a dynasty. 

Instead, Urban inherited a team that is something in between: Going 12-0 is not the same thing as winning the national championship, but it's not insignificant, either. Further, it's clear that Meyer has his sights set on something more than just a Big Ten championship. 

Meyer's analysis of Notre Dame last night revealed not only Notre Dame's weaknesses, but what his own team must do if it wants to become a dynasty: recruit the best players and then give them the best facilities and coaching.

Ohio State more than laid a foundation in 2012, but Meyer will face unique motivational challenges in 2013 in order to begin the process of building and maintaining a dynasty in Columbus.

Time to get to work. 


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bucknasty13's picture

I'm so jacked for football to start again...this time we go for the crystal ball!

3technique's picture

It was so cool to listen to Meyer. It made that awful game worth watching. It also very cool to see the asembly of all that southern state talent.. We will get our shot next season...

gwalther's picture

"Time to get to work."
"Football success never sleeps, pal." -Urban

Class of 2008

BucksfanXC's picture

Is this going to be better than Pax Stoneburner that Johnny wrote about like two years ago? Cuz that didn't pan out too much really. #GinterStyle

“Any time you give a man something he doesn't earn, you cheapen him. Our kids earn what they get, and that includes respect.”  - Woody

Chad Peltier's picture

Dunno, ask the Romans

buckupnorth's picture

Original Pax Stoneburna article, funny to go back and reminisce about how good we thought he was going to be. 

BucksfanXC's picture

Well I don't know that I'd say he was bad and I didn't mean to imply that. I think he was at first under utilized then he had the whole pissing thing and had to adjust to a new position in his final year, so I just think he was a somewhat victim of circumstance.

“Any time you give a man something he doesn't earn, you cheapen him. Our kids earn what they get, and that includes respect.”  - Woody

nw_ohio_Buckeye's picture

Stoneburner wasn't bad but he got worse as his career when on. This year he dropped a shit ton of passes. Obvi the pissing incident showed he isn't real bright. Maybe he got caught in the shuffle but he bears the responsibility for not achieving up to his potential in my opinion.

"The minute I think I'm getting mellow, I'm retiring. Who ever heard of a mellow winner?" ~ Woody Hayes 

causeicouldntgo43's picture

Saban may have "The Process", but Meyer has "The Plan". Both similar in nature, focused on relentless solid fundamentals and pure execution. One is a guru of disciplined and ruthless  defensive strategies who believes in straightforward and mistake-free pro-set offensive concepts, while the other is an offensive power spread jujitsu blending guru who understands that great defense is the lynchpin of winning at any level. We keep looking for the modern version of Bo versus Woody, but maybe what we will get is a modern version of Woody versus Bear in the years to come. Ah, the Yin and the Yang of it......

CC's picture

Thumbs up for stringing together "an offensive power spread jujitsu".

okiebuck's picture

A wise man who played for Coach Hayes on the 68 Championship team once told me and it's always stayed with me; "you're either getting better (improving) or your getting worse (complacency); you don't stay the same".
I think Urban knows and understands this very well and he's instilling it into the mindset of our young Buckeyes.

"Fate has cards that it don't want to show"

Arizona_Buckeye's picture

Can anybody confirm who Urban picked last night?  I could have sworn it was Alabama and Desmond took ND... however, a friend said otherwise... any help?

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ODEEZ330's picture

Urb picked nd by 3 .....he was way off lol

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brylee's picture

unless he was getting 31 points.

causeicouldntgo43's picture

He went with his heart since he was an assistant coach at ND. That, and I think he doesn't like all the oxygen Saban has taken up in College Football these days......Only one way to stop that - as Al Davis said "Just Win Baby".

buckeyedude's picture

So Ohio State is like the Barbarians at the gates of Rome, being led by Alaric Meyer, sacking and pillaging, while Emporer Saban flees to north Africa with his concubine?



Idaho Helga's picture

No. Bad comparison totally Saban isn't fleeing  anything.  But we shall be invaders. I would so LIKE TO  put a reference in here but we are struggling as to what reference re:barbarians and what dynasty kicked the a$$ of the other so I'm not committing to what I thought might be a cool thread..  :(

cinserious's picture

No, Saban is not fleeing anything YET! Once Urban puts it on him in a NC game or two and Saban will once again lie to his following and flee to the NFL! Anybody else see Saban get agitated telling the media for the umpteenth time he's happy where he's at and won't be leaving for anywhere else? "how many times do I have to tell you people. I don't get it". That thar was some funny shit.

One day I will valiantly become a political prisoner of 11W jail.

One Bad Buckeye's picture

Is it strange that the whole time I was reading this I had "Immigrant Song" by Led Zeppelin in my head?  

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