In the aftermath of last year’s national title game, Urban Meyer told his friend and kingmaker, athletic director Jeremy Foley, that if Florida landed another big recruiting class a month later, the program would begin to look like USC.
There’s one big difference: Florida plays for — and wins — national titles.
No wonder Meyer has overtaken USC’s Pete Carroll as the game’s best coach. A brief list of why Meyer is the hottest coach in college football:
The top five
1. Urban Meyer, Florida. The scorecard for Meyer’s last six teams includes two national titles, two SEC titles, two Mountain West titles, one unbeaten season (at Utah) and 66 wins. In those six seasons, Meyer’s teams are 15-2 against the respective programs’ biggest rivals and 3-0 in BCS games. All of that while playing in the nation’s best BCS and non-BCS conferences.
2. Nick Saban, Alabama.