U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan (D-Niles) has a lot of faith in Ohio State football coach Urban Meyer.
During an interview Wednesday on MSNBC’s “The Ed Show,” Ryan predicted the Buckeyes “will win the national title this year.”
Host Ed Schultz asked Ryan how Ohio State would fare this season, one year after going 12-0 and then sitting out the postseason because of the tattoo/memorabilia scandal that cost Jim Tressel his job in 2011.
Ryan didn’t flinch.
“National title, big guy,” Ryan said. “Yeah, this is our chance. Urban Meyer, we got an Ohio coach back in Ohio. It’s happening. Watch.”
Meyer was born in Toledo, raised in Ashtabula and played football for the University of Cincinnati.
“You heard it here first, Ed,” Ryan said. “Ohio State’s gonna to win the national title this year.”
With a laugh, Schultz said, “We will save the tape.”
Meyer took over the Ohio State program in January 2012 and is 14-0 as Buckeyes head coach.
This week, the Buckeyes (2-0) are the Associated Press’ No. 4 team in its Top 25 poll, trailing Alabama, Oregon and Clemson.
Ohio State’s last national championship was in January 2003 in Tressel’s second season. The Buckeyes lost BCS championship games in 2007 to Meyer’s Florida and in 2008 to LSU.