Those cynical college football fans that thought Urban Meyer may have lost his touch at the end of his Florida coaching days have been abruptly silenced this season.
All Meyer has done in his rookie campaign at Ohio State is transform a group that went 6-7 last year into a team that is undefeated and ranked fourth in the country headed into the season finale Saturday against rival Michigan.
In a single word, he has been brilliant.
Meyer has injected fight into a team that lacked it last year. He has made the most of a roster that lacked high-end talent and depth.
A team that faltered in close games a year ago has found a way to win tight games this fall.
Intense and passionate about his players, Meyer demands excellence and it shows in the product he puts on the field. He is honest when he talks about guys that have bought in and those who still have work to do.
His players play with the same confidence and edge that embodies their coach.
What has to be scary to the opposition is that Meyer is just getting started. The Buckeyes are 11-0 despite having little depth on the offensive line, few weapons at receiver and a linebacking corps so thin that Zach Boren had to move from fullback midway through the season.
The recruiting class he will sign in February will be his first full class and his headed toward a top-five ranking. It should help address the depth issues and start to give Meyer the type of talent he was accustomed to when he won two national titles with the Gators.
The main concern among fans when Meyer when took the OSU job last November was his health. By all indications, he has held up well.
As long as that continues, there should be many more seasons like this one in Columbus.