Urban Meyer is taking over the Big Ten, at least he is in his mind. However if teams like Michigan, Michigan State, Wisconsin and Penn. State want to make a statement they need to respond where it matters most - on the field.
After dominating the SEC and winning two National Championships, Meyer "retired" as he put it, and joined the ESPN network. One year away from the sidelines was enough for Meyer to decide he wanted back in the game, and one season is all it took in Columbus to show he is ready to build a monster program there also.
Well Meyer has challenged the whole Big 10 to step up their game, and do it quickly.
Meyer really wasn't being arrogant about it, as a matter fact he seemingly wants the best players in the Big 10 so they can be called the top conference.
According to Yahoo! on Feb. 7, “speaking on the Bishop and Rothman Show on 97.1 FM in Columbus on Thursday, Meyer called out most of the Big Ten after many conference schools fared poorly in recruiting this year.”
The Big Ten, Meyer said, has to step it up.
"It's not only important, it's essential," Meyer said. "It has to happen."
Some fans may look at Meyer as the new "bully" on the block just running his mouth, but like it or not Ohio State was the best team in the Big Ten last year and with Meyer in charge the interest across the nation for kids to choose OSU as there college to play for has gone up tenfold.
The gauntlet has been thrown down by a new comer to the Big 10 conference - the real question is how will the other teams respond.