Meyer led the Buckeyes to a 14-1 record and the inaugural College Football Playoff national championship after winning 12 games in each of his first two seasons at Ohio State. The Buckeyes were chosen as one of four teams for the first playoff after defeating Wisconsin 59-0 in the Big Ten title game. They lost 21-14 to Alabama in the semifinals.
A native of Clearwater, Florida, Meyer was hired away from Florida Atlantic University in 2013 after one season there. He is the second-youngest coach in major college football behind Oklahoma's Bob Stoops (25 years, 319 days) and the third-fastest coach to reach 100 wins among current coaches (69 months). His 69 victories are also the most by a rookie head coach. Urban Meyer's salary at Ohio State is $4 million annually.
He was named the National Coach of the Year after leading the Buckeyes to their first undefeated regular season (12-0) and their first playoff appearance. In addition, he was selected as the American Athletic Conference coach of the year.
Meyer has a 44-15 record at Florida Atlantic and a 95-40 record at Utah from 2009-13 before taking over at Ohio State. He has won at least 10 games in each of his last six seasons, including 11 or more victories five times.
Ohio State became the first Big Ten team to win conference titles in football, men's basketball, and women's basketball in the same season during the 2005-06 school year.
The Buckeyes overcame four turnovers to win their first title in Urban Meyer's third season at Ohio State, following two titles at Florida under the former BCS system. Meyer became only the second college football coach in history to win titles at two separate institutions. Alabama's Nick Saban is the other.
Its history tracks the growth of college football as a significant sport in the United States, demonstrating the Buckeyes' standing as one of its main programs. The increasing fervor of the Walter Camp-style of football, developed between 1880 and 1883 among future Ivy League universities, reached Columbus, Ohio in the mid-1880s.
The Ohio State Buckeyes ended the 2012 college football regular season undefeated, but NCAA sanctions, including a playoff ban, lost the team a shot at BCS or Big Ten championship. The last time an undefeated OSU team finished the season ranked No. 1 was in 1946, when they went on to win the College Football World Championship.
Ohio State began the 2012 season with ten straight wins and was ranked No. 1 throughout most of the season. The last loss for OSU came at home against Michigan State. The game was tied at 14 before Ohio State lost its first lead of the day late in the fourth quarter on a touchdown pass from MSU's Connor Shaw to Keith Mumphery with less than two minutes left in the game. Following the loss, OSU remained ranked No. 1 but was not allowed to play in the 2012 Sugar Bowl or 2012 Rose Bowl due to NCAA sanctions.
In November 2011, it was announced by Ohio State president Michael V. Drake that if his team were to finish the season undefeated, they would receive a spot in the 2013 Orange Bowl against Florida State. The announcement was made after the NCAA denied their appeal to be able to play in the 2012 Rose Bowl vs. Wisconsin.