Buckeyes must replace nine defensive starters

Ohio State will enter next season with a lofty preseason ranking, but can the defense rebuild in time to meet expectations?

Updated: March 6, 2006, 5:43 PM ET
By Bruce Hooley | Special to ESPN.com

Ohio State coach Jim Tressel knows the lofty preseason rankings and accompanying outlandish expectations are coming for the 2006 season. He just isn't quite sure where they are coming from.