But it will also serve as a consistent reminder for the next few weeks that these are the only Power 5 conference champions left out of the playoff field - and the career finale for Buckeyes coach Urban Meyer, who announced Tuesday that he will retire following the game. Meyer will coach his last game in the Rose Bowl vs. Washington on January 1, 2019, and be succeeded by offensive coordinator Ryan Day.
He was a quarterback (for Chip Kelly) at New Hampshire and coached at his alma mater, Boston College, Florida (as a graduate assistant for Meyer), Temple, the Philadelphia Eagles and the San Francisco 49ers before coming to Ohio State in 2017.
The school announced earlier in the day that Meyer would step down after the Buckeyes' appearance in the Rose Bowl. The cyst has caused consistent headaches for Meyer, increasing concern for his health, says the reports.
In 2011, Meyer was named the next head coach of Ohio State University.
That's true. Ohio State is 85-9 since hiring Meyer before the 2012 season.
Brown was coach at Texas for 16 years and there were times he expected to face Meyer's Florida teams in national championship games. He will be replaced by offensive coordinator Ryan Day.
Day was becoming a hot name in coaching circles and his ability to step in and guide the Buckeyes during Meyer's suspension demonstrated his ability as an up-and-coming coach.
The school, which was already embroiled in separate scandals involving alleged sex abuse by a now-deceased athletics doctor and a diving coach, put Meyer on leave August 1. But because of NCAA sanctions that had been placed during the previous coach's term, Ohio State was unable to compete for the conference title. Much like Meyer's health concerns about his heart were real in the past, there remains a pocket of college football fans who don't believe it and they think Meyer will be back on the sideline in the future. He heads into the game with an 82-9 record during his Ohio State tenure, including a flawless record over archrival MI.
His contract was extended in April by two years through 2022, increasing Meyer's salary to $7.6 million in 2018 with annual 6 percent raises. He was also the first to post three 13-win seasons in a four-year span and win two BCS titles. He wouldn't be going back to Bowling Green or a program like Utah when he took that job in 2003 and the National Football League doesn't appear to be an interest.