In 2013 expectations will be higher for the Buckeyes, who mostly flew under the radar due to a postseason ban from the NCAA.
Ohio State returns several key players including QB Braxton Miller, running back Carlos Hyde, linebacker Ryan Shazier and cornerback Bradley Roby.
Those four, along with the four returning starters on the offensive line, will need to show improvement if the Buckeyes are going to reach Pasadena for the Rose Bowl or the BCS National Championship Game a week later.
But a team that is going to win titles needs more than just stars, it needs role players that are consistent and capable of making big plays when the team is in trouble.
That's where these seven players come in. It's unlikely any of them will be the team leader in any statistical category, but they will be vital nonetheless.