The Silver Bullet Synopsis: The Ohio State Buckeyes 2011

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The Silver Bullet Synopsis: The Ohio State Buckeyes 2011
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The man in the middle - Luke Fickell

The Buckeyes are miring under a cloud of conspiracy and unknowns, but that does not mean that the 2011 Ohio State football team is going to be short on talent or success.

Tressel is gone.  The players that Tressel recruited are not.  Luke Fickell will look to ignite and distinguish fires amongst a team in turmoil.  It is a hot-seat indeed.  The coach inherits a team with many chips on shoulders, many critics to hush, and many positions to win.  In times like these; turning to one of the toughest Buckeye players of all-time to lead the pack seemed like an easy decision to make.

Fickell is without Terrelle Pryor, and four players face five-game suspensions.  That list includes their leading receiver (Devier Posey), their bookend on the offensive line (Mike Adams), and their most dominant running back (Dan Herron).  So why are many people still picking Ohio State as the favorite in the Big Ten?

Talent.  Ohio State is stinking rich with it.  The fans are too anxious to see the young talent to worry about the old.  This goes back to the whipping Ohio State took against LSU and Florida, and the lessons that they learned from those games.  Since, Ohio State has concentrated on getting faster at every position.  It paid dividends when defensive backs started dropping like flies in the Sugar Bowl this past January. Backups like Travis Howard and Christian Bryant stepped in like veterans with that "SEC" speed that Ohio State had been missing.  For the first time in years(maybe ever), Ohio State did not only have elite speed, they had elite speed with depth.  It was no coincidence that Ohio State's only loss was to Wisconsin—a team that played the old fashioned Big Ten style of play.

Let's take a look at this years Buckeyes.  I should note.  This is only a prognostication in terms of depth charts.  You may agree or disagree, but we will see what pans out come September.

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