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Yes, Terrelle Pryor and four other starters are suspended for the first five games next season. And yes, Ohio State will win each of those five games.
Games against Miami and Michigan State figure to be the only tests for the Pryor-less Buckeyes those first five games, and both are very winnable games.
Only eight total starters return, but Jim Tressel has a plethora of top recruits chomping at the bit to replace the departed starters.
Jamaal Berry and Jordan Hall will carry the load at tailback while Dan Herron is suspended, while Mike Adams (suspended), Mike Brewster, and J.B. Shugarts anchor one of the nation’s better offensive lines. Senior Joe Bauserman will handle the quarterback duties in Pryor’s absence.
Defensively, returning starters John Simon, Andrew Sweat and Nathan Williams will be counted on to lead the young unit. Former top recruits Dorian Bell, Adam Bellamy, Garrett Goebel and Jamie Wood look to step up big time next season in Columbus.
Pryor and the other four suspended will return just in time to face Nebraska, in Lincoln. If the Buckeyes escape with a victory, only a visit to Columbus from the Wisconsin Badgers looks to be in their way of running the table.