I was thinking back on the Urban Meyer era at Ohio State and how truly blessed we are to have had him coaching our Buckeyes. I started to think about the many trophies that have been added to the trophy room at the WHAC in just seven short years. Then I started wondering if Jim Harbaugh had delivered any trophies to the trophy case in Ann Arbor (he has) and if they even knew where the key was so they could display it with pride (you know... because they use it so infrequently).
(The year indicates the year of the regular season, not necessarily the year the bowl was played... the 2018 Buckeyes just won the 2019 Rose Bowl.)
The Buckeyes were ineligible for post season play, but finished 12-0. No trophies this year.
Finally eligible again for post season play, the Buckeyes once again went 12-0 during the regular season only to come up just short in the B1G championship game against the Spartans. The Buckeyes would also lose to Clemson in the Orange Bowl. No trophies this year.
The Buckeyes go 11-1 in the regular season, winning their last 10 games after falling to Virginia Tech at home in week 2. Despite this amazing run, the Buckeyes found themselves on the outside looking in to make the inaugural College Football Playoff. They needed to win the B1G Championship, and they needed to do it in style.
Big Ten Championship: Ohio State 59 - Wisconsin 0
This was the first trophy ever won at Ohio State by an Urban Meyer coached team. Urban would later say that it was the first thing that any of these players had ever won at Ohio State (sorry, couldn't find the quote). This win was huge, and I'm not just referring to the score.
Sugar Bowl (CFP Semifinal): Ohio State 42 - Alabama 35
Alabama. S-E-C. 85 yards. What a win.
CFP National Championship: Ohio State 42 - Oregon 20
Champions of the Universe.
The greatest team ever assembled would once again come up short against the Spartans and miss a chance at B1G and national championships.
Fiesta Bowl: Ohio State 44 - Notre Dame 28
Not to be "outdone," first year Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh would lead his team to a 10-3 record including a 41-7 victory in the Buffalo Wild Wings Citrus Bowl over the Florida Gators:
Ohio State would go 11-1, missing the B1G Championship Game, but earning a date with Clemson in the College Football Playoffs. I'll stop here, no trophy this year.
The Buckeyes found themselves back in the B1G Championship game against Wisconsin after a 10-2 regular season.
Ohio State 27 - Wisconsin 21
The Buckeyes missed the playoff and faced USC in the Cotton Bowl.
Ohio State 24 - USC 7
Following an 11-1 regular season, the Buckeyes returned to Indy to face Northwestern and win a second consecutive B1G title.
Ohio State 45 - Northwestern 24
Barely missing the playoff once again, the Buckeyes headed to Pasadena to send Coach Meyer out in style, at The Granddaddy Of Them All.
Ohio State 28 - Washington 23
I'll give credit where credit is due. Jim Harbaugh brought home the second trophy of his Michigan coaching career in 2018. B1G East Co-Champions... but to be fair, I'm also going to include the 7 division outright or co-champion trophies Urban brought to Columbus.