When it rains, it pours, and it seemingly has been hurricane season in Columbus, Ohio for months now. Does Luke Fickell know what he has gotten himself into?
No other college in the nation spends more money on their football program each year than Ohio State. Why Terrelle Pryor and Co. needed to sell their equipment for tattoos and other merchandise when the university is investing over $35 million dollars a year in their program is bewildering.
About.com has Ohio State ranked at number 12 in their preseason predictions, and ESPN.com has the Buckeyes ranked at number six.
A top-ten ranking for the Buckeyes is far too high. Pryor is now gone, as he plans to enter the NFL Supplemental Draft, and Ohio State will have to groom a signal-caller on the fly.
RB Dan Herron, WR DeVier Posey, OL Mike Adams and DL Solomon Thomas are all suspended for the first five games of the season. The Buckeyes lost RB Brandon Saine, WR Dane Sanzenbacher, DL Cameron Heyward, CB Chimdi Chekwa, LBs Brian Rolle and Ross Homan, S Jermale Hines and G Justin Boren.
The Big Ten has been dominated by "THE" Ohio State University, as they have won at least a share of the Big Ten title in seven of the past nine seasons.
Only four coaches in Big Ten history have won more conference titles than Jim Tressel (seven), and his leadership will be missed greatly. Whether you like the man or not, he is, quite simply, one of the best coaches in the country.
With teams like Nebraska, Michigan State, Penn State and Wisconsin all loaded with talent, the 2011 season will be one of misery for Buckeye Nation.