Based on Urban Meyer's key factors for this unique season, 2 SEC teams could be in great position to meet in Atlanta
Urban Meyer has not yet shared which two teams he expects to meet in Atlanta for the 2020 SEC Championship Game but the former Ohio State and Florida coach may have just given us a clue as to the two teams he’s leaning toward selecting to matchup up in that contest.
During a recent appearance on FOX Sports program “Big Noon Kickoff,” Meyer was asked to share his thoughts on which teams will be best prepared to start the upcoming college football season, given how unique this offseason has been considering many teams did not get any spring football and players have been away from campus.
“Well, it’s often said in the NFL that the NFL is a quarterback league, and every time I hear that, I kind of laugh because so is college, so as high school,” Meyer shared on the show. “It’s a quarterback sport is what it is. And so those returning with experienced quarterbacks, by having a big-time advantage over anyone else.”
While the FOX Sports analyst was quick to point toward Ohio State’s Justin Fields and Clemson’s Trevor Lawrence, the same advantages exist for Florida with Kyle Trask and Texas A&M with Kellen Mond. Going a step further, both the Gators and Aggies return the same head coach, offensive staff and system heading into the upcoming season.
“I mean, you’re talking about Justin Fields, Trevor Lawrence, [Kyle] Trask at Florida,” Meyer added. “When you have people returning at that critical, critical position, that to me is the number one advantage that they’re going to have. If you’re trying to break in a new quarterback without spring football, I don’t want to say it’s impossible, but it’s impossible. That’s going to be very, very hard to do.
“That’s the one position, of all other positions in — respectfully, I say of all other sports, the quarterback position is the most unique in any that I’ve ever coached, been around and witnessed. That position takes time, it takes consistency with coaching. So if you’re returning your coordinator, you’re returning a quarterback, you are heads and tails against your opponent.”
Taking things one step further, the former coach pointed toward the importance of having a manageable schedule to start the season.
“The second one, and it’s rather obvious if the easy schedule,” Meyer concluded. “If you come out of the gate because you need your spring practice or some teams that play very easy schedules early on, that basically is what, that’s their spring practice. And then as they get the ones that start with a non-returning quarterback, a very difficult schedule. I don’t know, I don’t know. If I was that coach, I’d be in a panic right now.”
Take a look at the early schedules for Florida and Texas A&M:
Florida has five of its first six games in the Swamp: vs. Eastern Washington on Sept. 5, Kentucky on Sept. 12, South Alabama on Sept. 19, at Tennessee on Sept. 26, South Carolina on Oct. 3 and LSU on Oct. 10.
Texas A&M starts with three home games before having two favorable matchups away from Kyle Field: vs. Abilene Christian on Sept. 5, North Texas on Sept. 12, Colorado on Sept. 19, vs. Arkansas on Sept. 26 (in Arlington), at Mississippi State on Oct. 3 and vs. Fresno State on Oct. 10.
If Meyer is correct, all the pieces are in place for Florida and Texas A&M to have one of the smoothest starts to the season, which could prove to be the momentum each program needs to finish the season in Atlanta.