Jim Tressel and Urban Meyer have plenty in common — more so now than ever since they’ve both coached Buckeye champion squads — but few would disagree the former and current Ohio State football coaches’ methods and philosophies diverge in plenty of ways, too.
Yet the 2014 national champions could not have been built without heavy influence from both.
As an example, take the defensive line that started the title game victory against Oregon: Four different bodies, four different talents, four different personalities — three Ohioans of varying natural ability and one out-of-stater with almost supernatural talent who just happened to be pulled north by the magnetic Meyer. Of course, Joey Bosa also possesses one of those ties to the Buckeye State that so many people all across the country seem to have, too, but that’s another story.
The result was championship football forged through talent meeting hard work and perseverance with a final game that featured Meyer’s formations but a game plan that could have fit Tressel’s style pretty well.
Read on for a full rundown of how the roster breaks down between Tressel guys and Meyer men: Link