On one hand, I can sort of see where the non-UFM voters are coming from. OSU should be number one in the conference; they have the best facilities, the biggest budget, they're the only top-tier team in a state that produces a lot of good players, etc. And, for what it's worth, I think OSU was out-coached in the Virginia Tech game. And, Jerry Kill is a likable guy with a good story.
On the other hand... I was watching the replay of last year's B1G championship game, and I was reminded of the talent that had to be replaced this year:
- First-round draft picks Bradley Roby and Ryan Shazier.
- Third-round draft picks Carlos Hyde and Jack Mewhort.
- Fifth-round draft pick Corey Linsley.
- Seventh-round draft pick Christian Bryant.
- NFL free-agents Andrew Norwell, Corey Brown.
- Injured Braxton Miller.
- Suspended Noah Spence.
Miller, Mewhort, Linsley, Norwell, Hyde, Roby, Shazier, and Spence were All-B1G selections. How many coaching staffs could lose that much talent, and still go 11-1? Sure, it's easier to replace these guys when your team is loaded with talent, but Meyer assembled a staff that recruits well, and they went out and out-recruited the rest of the B1G. The OSU tradition, resources, etc. will get them in the door, but the coaches still have to seal the deal.
In any case, I don't think Urban is moping around the house worrying about it; he's got a game (or 3) to coach.