The 2014 Ohio State Buckeyes football team represented The Ohio State University in the 2014 NCAA Division I FBS football season. It was the Buckeyes 125th overall, the 102nd as a member of the Big Ten Conference, the team was led by Urban Meyer, in his third year as head coach, and played their home games at Ohio Stadium in Columbus, Ohio. They finished the season with a 14 wins and 1 loss, as Big Ten champions, winning 14 games in a season tied the school record set by the Buckeyes previous national champion team. After a 12–2 season the year, Ohio State signed a highly ranked recruiting class and entered the season ranked No.5 in the AP poll. In the second game of the season, Ohio State was upset by Virginia Tech, following the loss, Ohio State won five consecutive games, including four against Big Ten opponents. In the ninth game of the season, Ohio State defeated Michigan State in a rematch of the previous years Big Ten Championship Game, after the 49–37 win over the Spartans, the Buckeyes moved into the top ten in all major polls. In the first season of the College Football Playoff, Ohio State was selected as the No.4 team, the win advanced the Buckeyes to the 2015 College Football Playoff National Championship Game, where they defeated Oregon 42–20 to capture the 2014 national championship. They were voted national champions as the Associated Press and the Coaches Poll both named them the number one team in their final polls. Following the 2012 undefeated season, head coach Urban Meyer entered his season at Ohio State in 2013. Ohio State continued to build on the successes of the 2012 team, extending their streak to 23 games following a 42–14 victory over Indiana Hoosiers. Following a 34–24 loss to Michigan State in the championship game. The Buckeyes suffered their second loss against the Clemson Tigers in the Orange Bowl, and finished the season with a 12–2 overall record. Ohio State ranked No.10 in the final Coaches Poll, Urban Meyer was in his third year as the Buckeyes head coach during the 2014 season. In his previous two seasons with Ohio State, he led the Buckeyes to a record of 24 wins and 2 losses. On December 21,2013, co-defensive coordinator Everett Withers accepted the coaching position at James Madison. On January 23,2014, Ohio State announced the hiring of Chris Ash to replace Withers as co-defensive coordinator, Defensive line coach Mike Vrabel also left the Ohio State staff following the 2013 season to accept a coaching position with the Houston Texans. On January 15,2014, former Penn State coach Larry Johnson was brought onto the Ohio State staff as the defensive line and assistant head coach. Prior to National Signing Day on February 6,2014, seven high school players of the 2014 recruiting class enrolled for the semester in order to participate in spring practice
Head coach Urban Meyer
OSU won their 62nd Illibuck Trophy when they defeated Illinois on November 1.
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