So who, if anyone, can challenge Alabama?
It would take an insider to put an end to the SEC’s impressive run of championships. Someone who spent several seasons in the conference. Someone who is quite familiar with the ins-and-outs of the league. Someone who isn’t afraid to go head-to-head with Saban.
Someone like Urban Meyer.
The former Florida coach is now in charge at Ohio State and he’s already made a big splash in his first season in Columbus. The Buckeyes went undefeated and if it weren’t for a one-year postseason bowl ban, Ohio State might have challenged for a national title last season.
Right away, Meyer has been molding his team into one that could contend for a national championship. He’s got a Heisman Trophy-caliber quarterback in Braxton Miller, whose grasp of the spread offense have some comparing him to another former Meyer quarterback: Tim Tebow.
In typical Meyer fashion, he has landed several nationally-ranked recruiting classes with a focus on speed and athleticism. Rather than focusing on typical Big Ten bruisers, Meyer is plucking shifty athletes traditionally recruited by SEC schools.
With all the pieces in place, can Meyer bring the SEC’s streak to an end?
Probably not, but Ohio State could at least make it interesting.
Nope. The safe money is on the Southeastern Conference and Alabama dominating much of the headlines this season. As SEC commissioner Mike Slive told me at the league’s annual football media day last month, “It is sweet and eight would be sweeter.”