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Once the talk about Jim Tressel and the Tattoo Five (punk band name?) settles down, people will start to remember why Ohio State went 12-1 in 2010: the 4th best defense in the country.
Defensive tackle John Simon and defensive end Nathan Williams are both returning to maul opposing teams quarterbacks, The secondary is not great, but the tandem of cornerbacks Dominic Clarke and Travis Howard is enough to pressure opposing receivers.
The biggest hole in Ohio State's road to success is the absence during the first five games of running back Dan Herron and wide receiver Devier Posey. Both players are offensive stars for the Buckeyes and their absence will be felt.
Of course another huge question is what is happening to Terrelle Pryor. He made a commitment to stay at Ohio State and serve his suspension, yet that was before Jim Tressel resigned. If Pryor leaves, Joe Bauserman will most likely start at quarterback for the whole season.
No doubt, Ohio State is in a state of limbo, yet I expect them to fight through based on the talent of their team and the pride of their program and be, once again, a top 10 football team in 2011.