Amid swirling NCAA allegations, Jim Tressel decided to resign from his coaching post with the Ohio State Buckeyes after 10 seasons in Columbus.
Tressel, who was 106-22 during his 10 successful seasons with the Buckeyes and held a winning record against every Big Ten school besides Wisconsin, will be replaced by co-defensive coordinator Luke Fickell on an interim basis for 2011.
While Fickell has some experience around this Buckeyes team, he still has to deal with suspensions to key players and the aftermath of the Jim Tressel whirlwind this season.
Make no doubt about it, there will be an adjustment period for the perennial Big Ten contenders and in the meantime, several teams will have a chance to step up and assume the role of Big Ten powerhouse.
Here are the five teams that will benefit most from the loss of Jim Tressel: