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Will Jim Tressel Be Missed For 5 Games?
Ohio State head coach Jim Tressel
Ohio State head coach Jim Tressel
CollegeFootballNews.com
Posted Mar 31, 2011


Really, is Jim Tressel not coaching the first five games THAT big a deal? In a way, is all the controversy going to serve as a positive, or a motivational factor for the guys who’ll play over the first five weeks? From the Scout publishers, here's the inside info on the key questions this spring.


Spring 2011 - Key Questions

Ohio State

 
What's happening this spring season? Several Scout publishers provide their insider info on the key questions that matter to the real world of college football. Scroll down for the links to all the spring questions.

Q: Really, is Jim Tressel not coaching the first five games THAT big a deal? In a way, is all the controversy going to serve as a positive, or a motivational factor for the guys who’ll play over the first five weeks?
 
From Mark Rea, BuckeyeSports.com … I could be the only guy who believes this, but no, I don't think Tressel's suspension will have that big of an impact. OSU plays Akron in the opener (no contest) and then takes on a pretty good Toledo team that could be a dangerous trap. I look for a low-scoring win.

Then they go to Miami to play a program in flux with new head coach, Al Golden – the Canes will hardly be jelled – and then return home to play a dreadful Colorado team before opening the Big Ten season at home against a Michigan State team that has to replace 11 starters along with top assistant, Don Treadwell, who left for Miami University. I don't think it's going out on a limb to say the Buckeyes could go 5-0 without Tressel.

Of course, the biggest thing to watch this spring is undoubtedly the quarterback position. Who is going to replace Terrelle Pryor for the first five games in 2011? His backup the last two years has been senior Joe Bauserman, who’s okay enough, but won't set anyone's world on fire. Then there’s ballyhooed freshman Braxton Miller, who everyone believes will be the guy. OSU also has two other scholarship QBs -- sophomore Kenny Guiton and redshirt freshman Taylor Graham, son of former OSU and NFL quarterback Kent Graham -- in the mix. Who gets the reps? Welcome to the on-field storyline of spring ball.

While quarterback is No. 1 on my list, No. 1B will be seeing redshirt freshman tailback Rod Smith. He got a ton of positive reviews from the coaches and teammates last year, inviting comparisons to Beanie Wells, and now we finally get to see if he’s the real deal.

FRIDAY
- Who’s REALLY The Best QB Option At Penn State?
- Really, Will Jim Tressel Be Missed For 5 Games?
- Is Northwestern QB Dan Persa Going To Be Healthy?
- How Is Al Golden Doing Things Differently At Miami?
- Is West Virginia’s Offense About To Explode?
- Are The Tennessee Lines Going To Be Better?

THURSDAY

- Can Oklahoma State Still Rock Without Holgorsen?
- Will Navy Throw Even Less Without Ricky Dobbs?
- How Is Maryland Different Under Randy Edsall?
- How Is Cincinnati Different In Butch Jones, Year 2?
- Will Idaho Finally Have A Defense?
- Are The Tennessee Lines Going To Be Better?

WEDNESDAY

- And The Notre Dame QB Will Be … ?
- Is Fresno State Going To Keep Running?
- Will Louisiana Tech Be The New Texas Tech?
- Have The Ugly Bowl Losses Affected Arizona?
- Is Michigan’s Brady Hoke Starting From Scratch?
- Is QB Jordan Wynn Ready To Run The Utah Attack?

  Spring Questions
- Will Illinois QB Nathan Scheelhaase Throw More?
- Will Boise State's Move To The Mountain West Matter?
- Have Things Changed At Colorado Under Jon Embree?
- Who's California's Next Superstar?
- Is Florida State's E.J. Manuel Ready?