Athlon Sports: Urban Meyer No. 2 Coach for 2014

By D.J. Byrnes on April 10, 2014 at 12:07 pm

Athlon Sports has ranked all 128 FBS coaches for 2014. Urban Meyer the second-best coach in the country, trailing only Alabama's Nick Saban.

Here's what Athlon has to say about the man leading Ohio State for his third year:

Meyer has been a head coach at four different jobs and has won at a high level at each program. A hallmark of Meyer’s tenures has been a quick turnaround or immediate improvement in the first season. Bowling Green went 2-9 in the year prior to Meyer’s arrival, and the Falcons recorded a 17-6 mark under his watch. At Utah, Meyer inherited a team that won five games in 2002. However, the Utes went 22-2 under Meyer and finished No. 4 nationally in the final Associated Press poll in 2004. Meyer was hired at Florida prior to the 2005 season and guided the Gators to a 65-15 record. Florida won two BCS titles under Meyer and finished No. 3 nationally in 2009. After stepping away in 2011, Meyer returned to the sidelines at Ohio State in 2012 and won the first 24 games in his tenure. The Buckeyes closed 2013 on a two-game losing streak but have won all 16 regular season Big Ten games under Meyer’s watch. With elite recruiting, combined with a top-five program like Ohio State, it’s only a matter of time before the Buckeyes win the national title under Meyer.

The top five is rounded out by Steve Spurrier, Bob Stoops and Art Briles.

I too agree with the "only a matter of time" sentiment in regards to Urban winning a title. I also rate him higher than Saban due to Urban's youth.

Regardless: May Urban Meyer reign for 300 more years.

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