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There were many highlights from Urban Meyer's first two years at Ohio State. The Buckeyes went undefeated while on probation in his first season in Columbus, then started 12-0 in 2013 before losing the final two.

Yet there was a gnawing sense of unfinished business that had to do with the lack of a bowl game in 2012 and the losses in the Big Ten title game and the Orange Bowl a year ago. Meyer had the Buckeyes buzzing, but they hadn't really beaten anyone of note. The Week 2 loss to Virginia Tech at home this year, as the team looked to replace the injured Braxton Miller, seemed to further delay the timetable toward true greatness.

That's why Saturday's 49-37 win at No. 8 Michigan State could be the start of something really special for Ohio State under Meyer. The offense on display in East Lansing is now more powerful and diverse than anything the Buckeyes had in the previous two seasons, thanks to J.T. Barrett and a growing arsenal of skill players. And the defense is no longer a sieve in the back end.

Here's the truly scary thing for the rest of the Big Ten: the Buckeyes' two-deep for the Michigan State game listed 19 freshmen or sophomores, including guys like Barrett, Ezekiel Elliott, Michael Thomas, Dontre Wilson and Curtis Samuel on offense. Ohio State is in line to bring back as many as 15 starters next year, not counting whatever happens with Miller.

All that speed and talent Meyer has recruited is blossoming now, and his 24-0 run may have only been the prelude. Maybe the Buckeyes won't get to the playoff because that Virginia Tech loss is such an albatross. But they look like they're ready to return toward dominating the Big Ten.

Meyer has Ohio State back where it belongs, Dan Wetzel writes. Here come the Buckeyes, and they're here to stay, Michael Rosenberg says. A hidden program resurfaced, Chuck Culpepper writes. Beating the Spartans was Ohio State's best regular-season win since 2006.

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