Ohio State Buckeyes head football coach Urban Meyer recently shared his thoughts regarding his team’s infamous rivalry with the Michigan Wolverines. While speaking at his coaches clinic last month, the longtime collegiate head coach did not mince any words when speaking about “the team up north.”
“There’s nothing funny when we talk about the Team Up North,” said Meyer, via 247Sports. “I see people smile. I see people say, ‘That must be funny … I’m going to go wear blue to their practice.’
“I don’t smile about that. This is real. This is not a game … I’m putting my life into this thing. Are you kidding me? We don’t joke about that around here.”
The 52-year-old Meyer has notably spent the last five seasons at Ohio State. In addition to capturing a National Championship back in 2014, the Buckeyes have also reached the Orange Bowl and two Fiesta Bowls over the course of the last four seasons. On the other hand, despite a perfect 12-0 record in his first season as the Ohio State head football coach, Meyer’s team was ineligible for a bowl game or Big Ten Championship Game due to a violation of NCAA regulations. It is also worth noting that Ohio State has not lost more than two games in any single season under Meyer’s direction.
Most recently, the Buckeyes finished the 2016-2017 campaign with a stellar 11-2 record en route to their second straight Fiesta Bowl appearance. However, Ohio State was unable to defeat the eventual champion Clemson Tigers.