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Tressel expects offense, defense to work 'in concert'

Armed with an explosive offense and rebuilding defense, Tresselball will have a new look in 2006. The onus is on Ohio State to see if it's improved, writes Ivan Maisel.

Updated: August 19, 2006, 1:58 PM ET
By Ivan Maisel | ESPN.com

CHICAGO -- The formula that Jim Tressel has used to win at Ohio State is Midwestern simple. The Buckeyes depend on defense and special teams to pin the opponent in its own territory until it makes a mistake. If the offense contributes, as it did last season, great. If it didn't contribute much, as was the case in the previous three years, that was OK, too.

It is known as Tresselball, and you would have to say it has worked pretty well. In five seasons, Tressel has won one national championship ...

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