Freshman focus: Future for defensive line 

November, 14, 2012
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COLUMBUS, Ohio -- There's not much uncertainty about where games in a hard-nosed, growing rivalry are decided.

When Wisconsin and Ohio State get together, it's not a secret that toughness is challenged and victories are forged at the line of scrimmage. And after a somewhat sluggish start on the defensive side of the ball for the Buckeyes, that group is finally starting to look like the dominant unit many expected to see heading into the season.

But most of the production, and perhaps the entire starting unit, could be wrapping up their college careers the next two weeks against Wisconsin and Michigan. And while the Buckeyes will obviously have the veterans on hand this weekend and next, it's tempting to peek into the future and see how that unit might look different a year from now, given how important that group will be, since the line is going to have to be rebuilt.

In reality, it essentially comes down to three guys on the field now -- and the three that will have to replace them.

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