Ohio State Football: Urban Meyer vs. Jim Tressel After Six Years

Ohio State Football: Urban Meyer vs. Jim Tressel After Six Years

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Ohio State Football: Urban Meyer vs. Jim Tressel After Six Years


Urban Meyer has won at a clip faster than almost anyone else in college football history, but have we forgotten about the job Jim Tressel did? Here’s a comparison between the two coaches after each’s first six years.


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Ohio State Football: Urban Meyer vs. Jim Tressel After Six Years

It’s been seven years since the sweater vest was pulled up over the head and stalking the sidelines in Columbus. Instead, one Urban Frank Meyer is now patrolling things on the banks of the Olentangy, and with the job he’s done, it’s easy to forget about the man who turned the tide in the Michigan Rivalry and brought the first national championship back to Columbus after a thirty year drought.

So, we decided to pick at that scab after all the tattoos for memorabilia nonsense and do a quick reminder and comparison between the two head coaches accomplishments in six years at Ohio State.

So off we go … (again, just the first six years, and only at Ohio State)

Jim Tressel (2001 – 2006)

Overall Record: 62-13 (.827)
Big Ten Record: 38-10 (.792)
Conference Titles: 3
Title Game Appearances: 2
National Titles: 1
Bowl Games: 6
Bowl Game Record: 4-2
BCS Bowl Games: 4
BCS Bowl Game Record: 3-1
Record vs. Michigan: 5-1

Urban Meyer (2012 – 2017)

Overall Record: 73-8 (.901)
Big Ten Record: 47-3 (.940)
Conference Titles: 2
National Title Game Appearances: 1
National Titles: 1
Bowl Games: 6*
Bowl Game Record: 4-2*
BCS/CFP Bowl Games: 6*
BCS/CFP Bowl Game Record: 4-2*
College Football Playoff Appearances: 2
Record vs. Michigan: 6-0

*Ohio State was ineligible in 2012, but played an extra game in 2014 because of the CFP National Title Game.

Notes And Observations:

This was a brief and easy exercise, but it just goes to prove that Ohio State was pretty good before Meyer, and will likely be just fine after him. Urban Meyer is in his own stratosphere with wins, but Tressel had things at a rapid boil as well.

  • Meyer’s winning percentage overall and in the conference has Tressel’s beat. Meyer’s Big Ten Conference record is remarkable to say the least.
  • Tressel actually had more conference titles. That can be largely attributed to the advent of the Big Ten Championship Game. Two of Tressel’s were Co-champ scenarios based on overall record, whereas there’s only one winner now.
  • Tressel got his national title a year earlier than Meyer. It only took him two years vs. three for Meyer.
  • Both either owned or have owned Michigan to date. Tressel’s 9-1 record overall is the most impressive of all-time at Ohio State, and it’ll be interesting to see if Meyer is in Columbus long enough to challenge that.
  • If it weren’t for tie-breaking scenarios, Meyer’s list of accomplishments in the conference would be even better. He’s won or shared the East division title each of the first six years, but was ineligible for the post-season in 2012, and lost out on tiebreakers to go to Indy two other times.

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