ARLINGTON, Texas - Six years ago, after winning his second national championship, the then-over-revved Urban Meyer already would have been keen on the challenge of the repeat some 10 hours later. But after leading Ohio State to its sixth national title - and his third - with a dominant win over Oregon on Monday night, the new-wired Meyer was in the savor mode yesterday morning.

ARLINGTON, Texas - Six years ago, after winning his second national championship, the then-over-revved Urban Meyer already would have been keen on the challenge of the repeat some 10 hours later. But after leading Ohio State to its sixth national title - and his third - with a dominant win over Oregon on Monday night, the new-wired Meyer was in the savor mode yesterday morning.

He made that clear when the inevitable question of a possible repeat was broached in the last news conference of the first College Football Playoff.

"Tough questions, man," Meyer said. "We just won a championship. … I've got a bunch of really good players. I love our coaching staff. The word 'repeat' - we'll have that conversation, certainly not today. It's about enjoying it."

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The question was legitimate, however, because it wasn't long ago when he admitted that he thought his 2014 team was still a year away from being a big-time contender on the national scene.

Then he watched as a group of underclassmen, led by second-year players - some of them sophomores such as defensive end Joey Bosa and running back Ezekiel Elliott, and some of them redshirt-freshmen such as linebacker Darron Lee and left guard Billy Price - stepped forward to become prime-time players a year ahead of time.

Sophomore hybrid back Dontre Wilson had to watch the last half of this remarkable season (14-1) after suffering a broken bone in his right foot, although he did get in for a couple plays against Oregon. But he saw enough of the talent that should be coming back in 2015 for one word to pop to mind.

"Dynasty," he said.

Barring a surprise in the next 24 hours, with the deadline for underclassmen to declare for the NFL draft looming on Thursday, there could be eight starters back on offense and seven on defense, plus kicker Sean Nuernberger and punter Cameron Johnston. The message to the major-college football world was simple, hybrid back Jalin Marshall said.

"We're here, we did it and we're not going anywhere," the redshirt freshman said. "We have to embrace this moment right now, though. We can't let this moment pass by just because we're all coming back to try to win it again."

But who, specifically, is coming back at quarterback? It is the most-

interesting question facing Meyer and his coaching staff.

Regarding that staff, a highly placed source said yesterday that Tim Beck, the former offensive coordinator at Nebraska, will be announced today as the replacement - at least as quarterbacks coach - for Tom Herman, who has moved on to Houston as a first-time head coach.

As for the quarterbacks, celebrated third-year sophomore Cardale Jones indicated yesterday that despite thoughts of considering a move to the NFL after only three glorious starts, "in my personal opinion, I'm not ready for that level yet."

Senior Braxton Miller, who had to miss the season due to a shoulder injury, has the right to transfer and play immediately because he has his degree. He has yet to declare his intention.

Redshirt-freshman J.T. Barrett, who played so well as the starter in the first 12 games that he finished No. 5 in the Heisman Trophy race, is still nursing that broken ankle suffered against Michigan.

But Meyer said such things are something to consider after the glow fades from the sixth national title in school history and the first since 2002. His first two titles came at Florida in 2006 and 2008, where the dogged pursuit of moving on to the next season immediately after winning those titles almost consumed him.

"Elite warriors … when they accomplish their mission, they celebrate," Meyer said. "The next thing they do is learn from it, and then the final thing is they look forward to the next mission, next assignment.

"Right now, we're in the celebration phase."

For what it's worth, the oddsmaker service Bovada.lv has moved on to the next phase, declaring Ohio State the favorite, at 5-1, to win the 2015 title, followed by Texas Christian (15-2), Alabama (9-1), and Baylor (14-1).

"We're a young team, we're very young," said sophomore running back Ezekiel Elliott, named the offensive MVP of both the Sugar Bowl win over Alabama (230 yards rushing) and the win over Oregon (246 yards). "We're losing some great seniors, (defensive tackle) Mike Bennett, Darryl Baldwin our right tackle, (tight end) Jeff Heuerman.

"But I have a lot of faith in our younger guys. I think we'll definitely hold it down and represent well."

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