There are only a few constants in this world today.
The sky is blue, oxygen is breathable, everyone complains about tax season and Alabama is far ahead of the rest of the college football field.
Don’t believe me? Just take a look at what happened this past season. The Crimson Tide ranked amongst the best in nearly every single offensive category and had members of its team break single-season records in a shortened pandemic season.
It also routed every team in its path by an average margin of 29 points. This included wins over talented teams such as Texas A&M, Georgia, Florida, Notre Dame and Ohio State in the national title game.
The game against the Buckeyes was especially appalling due to how the Big Ten’s representative has been deemed as the one team that can stand up to Nick Saban’s juggernaut. Yet January’s title game proved anything, it’s that Ohio State still has some work to do to overcome the crimson and white.
Former Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer recently acknowledged the gap Alabama has been able to build up over Saban’s tenure. But he has hope that Day will be able to figure things out and find a way to compete in the future.
“That’s reality. You take a job like this, you take a job like Ohio State and that’s the expectation and that’s what they’ve done,” Meyer said during an appearance on the Big Ten Network as heard by Buckeyes Wire. “They’re going to enjoy the fact that they beat Clemson, but this is also the harsh reality of the Big Ten’s got to get going again. I used the word the ‘chase’ in 2012. Our conference was very average. The Big Ten Conference was not great. And then people started recruiting and pushing and started going, and the reality is the best team in the Big Ten got beat by Alabama soundly. That’s OK. Ohio State’s recruiting at a level, they’ll be back here.”
“I think it’s a challenge for everyone else in this conference to get going. I mean, the whole country saw this. And that’s not just the Big Ten — that’s the Pac-12 and the Big 12 as well. The reality is that Alabama’s on a different stratosphere right now,” Meyer said. “Go catch ’em. The one school that’s recruiting at that level is coach Day and Ohio State. So I think that this is a standup call for everybody. I can tell you there’s coaches across the country — are seeing that team that just played tonight, saying, ‘We have to go get them.’”
Meyer coached the Buckeyes from 2012-18 and was the man to name Day as his successor upon his retirement from coaching. He’s obviously been a huge supporter of Day when he served as the team’s offensive coordinator and interim head coach under him in 2018.
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Patrick Dowd is a Reporter for Touchdown Alabama Magazine. You can follow him on Twitter, via Pat_Dowd77