When Ohio State left Columbus minus star defensive end Noah Spence, speculation and intrigue followed. OSU would only say he was "dealing with a personal issue," and no more.
Ohio State finally ended the speculation Wednesday morning, announcing Spence had been suspended for three games.
His suspension was due to a "violation of Big Ten rules," without further explanation as to what B1G rule it was that he violated.
While that information is likely to come out over time, the more important thing going forward is how OSU replaces a first-team All-Big Ten defensive end and a player who recorded a team-high eight sacks.
Luckily, Ohio State has a lot of talent and depth on the defensive line and replacing Spence for three games may further build that depth for the future.
Spence will miss the Orange Bowl and two intriguing matchups in 2014, with OSU facing Navy and Virginia Tech to open the season.
It's not the cupcake city OSU opened 2013 with, so there are players who will need to step up.
Who are those players? Let's explore the players who need to step up in his absence.