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Mark Dantonio had more success against Urban Meyer than any other Big Ten coach

Mark Dantonio had more success against Urban Meyer than any other Big Ten coach
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Ohio State coach Urban Meyer, left, and Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio shake hands following an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Nov. 8, 2014, in East Lansing, Mich. Ohio State won 49-37. (AP Photo/Al Goldis) (

When talking about the strength of the Big Ten, Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio frequently mentions the quality of the programs and the coaches.

The conference just lost its most successful coach as Ohio State’s Urban Meyer announced his retirement Tuesday and offensive coordinator Ryan Day was hired as his successor.

Meyer’s last game on the sideline with the Buckeyes will be in the Jan. 1 Rose Bowl against Washington. At 54 years old, Meyer, who is dealing with health problems and was also suspended for the first three games this season, said he believes he is done coaching. That ends an incredibly successful run at Ohio State, including a national championship in 2014.

With a record of 85-9, including 55-4 in Big Ten play, over seven seasons, Meyer guided a dominant program and very few coaches had success against him. Dantonio, who is 2-5 against Meyer’s Buckeyes, was one of the few. He was the only Big Ten coach to beat Meyer twice while Clemson’s Dabo Swinney is the only other coach with two victories against him.

Dantonio’s two wins against Meyer remain among the biggest in his career and both cost Ohio State a shot at a national title. The Spartans beat the then-No. 2 Buckeyes in the…

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