The Buckeyes face the prospect of five games without All-Big Ten performers at left tackle and running back, not to mention their best wide receiver. The three-year starting quarterback is gone, too, and he isn't coming back.
Everyone wonders what the loss of head coach Jim Tressel, who had a heavy influence on the game plan and the play calls, will mean, but don't forget the absence of Darrell Hazell either. Depending on who you talk to, Hazell had an increased influence on the offense the past couple of years, and he will surely be missed after accepting the head coach position at Kent State in December.
While there are many uncertainties, they also have some great pieces if they can figure out how to utilize them.
Since Fickell opted to replace the linebacker coach position he vacated as opposed to addressing the spot in the Ohio State offensive brain trust Tressel once held, let's take a look at what we know about the remaining staff then try to figure out just what they might have cooked up in a pair of posts from the Cus Words Blog.