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ESPN Analyst Makes Bold Prediction For Ohio State After Urban Meyer Decision

A closeup of Urban Meyer during an Ohio State football game.

NEW ORLEANS, LA - JANUARY 01: Head coach Urban Meyer of the Ohio State Buckeyes looks on prior to the All State Sugar Bowl against the Alabama Crimson Tide at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on January 1, 2015 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

In case you somehow missed it, Ohio State handed down its punishment to Urban Meyer last night. Meyer will be suspended for the first three games of the season.

While Meyer can't coach on game day until Week 4, he can rejoin the team after the season opener against Oregon State on Sept. 1. He will miss games against Oregon State, Rutgers and TCU.

Many feel Meyer got off easy, while others are satisfied with what Ohio State did. Strictly from a football perspective, his absence shouldn't hurt his team too much.

In fact, at least one ESPN analyst Trevor Matich thinks it might benefit the Buckeyes. Appearing on The Paul Finebaum Show today, Matich said he thinks Meyer's suspension could have a unifying effect.

"Ohio State will be even better and more dangerous as a football team on the field because all of this is going on," Matich said.

Matich might have a point. Ohio State could conceivably rally around its leader after all of this and develop an "us against the world" mentality.

The Buckeyes are already loaded talent-wise. They enter the season as a bona fide national championship contender.

Meyer will be back for his team's game against Tulane. He will still be able to coach against Michigan, Michigan State and Penn State this season, and barring an unforeseen slip-up, Ohio State should be 3-0 when he returns.