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OL: Andrew Norwell, Ohio State
One of the biggest reasons Ohio State will be picked to be a national title contender is returning nine starters on offense, including big movers up front like Andrew Norwell. Look for Norwell to continue to open some running lanes and garner some double-teams at times in 2013.
OL: Jack Mewhort, Ohio State
If you want some fun, follow Jack on Twitter @jackmewhort (which makes those of us with more common names yearn for unique names and easier Twitter handles, but I digress!). Mewhort will anchor the same side of the line as Norwell and will likely provide the backside protection that is vital to both the passing game and the option rushing attack.
These first two players bring back more starting experience than any other duo on the same side of an offensive line in the conference. Expect big numbers to continue on offense with these two leading the way.
OL: Jeremiah Sirles, Nebraska
Just like Ohio State, Nebraska is also expected to be an elite offense in 2013 following good numbers in the past season. Look for Sirles to open up some holes for Ameer Abdullah and the other running backs who may emerge for the Huskers attack. Sirles also seems to be on the same page with Taylor Martinez, which helps him anticipate the best way to block a play.
OL: Taylor Lewan, Michigan
Lewan was set to be the highest draft pick from the Big Ten in the 2012 NFL draft, but he decided to come back for another year of mentoring from great offensive line coaches in Ann Arbor (including Brady Hoke). With a solid senior season and more performances like his great show against Jadeveon Clowney in the Outback Bowl, Lewan could join Clowney in the top five of next year's draft.
Make no mistake about it, this is the key returning cog in the Michigan offensive machine. Lewan is a rare talent who we get to enjoy for yet another year.
OL: Spencer Long, Nebraska
Spencer Long helps Jeremiah Sirles pave the way for the dynamic rushing attack in Lincoln. With Taylor Martinez and Ameer Abdullah each requiring lengthy blocks at times on edge rushing plays, Long is just the type of blocker the team needs. Don't expect Long to be penalized much in 2013, and that should help Nebraska avoid the problems that plagued the offense at times in big games last year.