While in rarified air, the Buckeyes are not the only school feeling the impact of true freshman these days. In fact, a handful of the teams in front of Ohio State in the rankings are getting major contributions from true freshman. Ohio State, however, is one of only three teams to be starting two true freshmen (Alabama and Georgia).
As Lesmerises points out:
Among those top 25 teams, only 12 true freshmen are starting, and in the Big Ten, the two Buckeyes are among just eight true freshmen currently starting. Among the top 10 players from the Rivals.com rankings for this class, Alabama's Julio Jones and Georgia's A.J. Green are both starting at receiver, probably the easiest position for freshmen, for top-25 teams.
But only one other team in the top 25 or in the conference is starting a freshmen center and none is starting a true freshmen quarterback. Teams can go young -- 2-3 Baylor is starting freshman Robert Griffin at quarterback and Michigan is starting three freshmen on its 109th ranked offense -- but it's harder to win young.
Alabama and Georgia have received huge boosts at wide receiver this season from Julio Jones and A.J. Green, respectively. If you watched the Alabama/Georgia game a few weeks ago it makes you wonder what type of impact Posey could have if he was on the field every play.
It would not have been terribly surprising to see the Buckeyes become the first team in the country to start three true freshman in 2008, with the changes that are occurring along the offensive line, but injuries appear to have derailed any possibility at the moment.