Ohio State: Future Power Rankings 

June, 18, 2013
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COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Urban Meyer needed only a season to restore Ohio State to the top of the Big Ten and among the elite programs in the nation.

But the Buckeyes aren't all the way back to where they want to be yet, at least not until there's some company for the last crystal football that was claimed more than a decade ago now.

Meyer's quick work a year ago in guiding Ohio State to a perfect record has put his team directly in the middle of any conversation about national title favorites this fall, and the momentum is seemingly only building after signing two banner recruiting classes to lay the groundwork for the coming years. The combination of facilities, existing talent, the coaches around him and a relatively manageable path to the BCS or the four-team playoff that is on the way all point to the Buckeyes remaining in the hunt for trophies with Meyer around.

For now, though, they check in just shy of the top spot in ESPN.com's Future Power Rankings -- but No. 1 is squarely in their sights.

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