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Buckeyes trying to fill holes on offense, defense

Losing to Florida 41-14 in the BCS national championship game was hard on Ohio State. But losing 18 seniors and three juniors to graduation and the draft is even tougher.

Updated: April 2, 2007, 12:30 PM ET
By Bruce Hooley | Special to ESPN.com

The memory is seared into the minds of Ohio State fans, if not coaches and players, too.

But the 41-14 loss to Florida in the BCS national championship game may not be the most difficult loss for the Buckeyes to get over as the 2007 season approaches.

As humbling as the 27-point beating on college football's biggest stage was -- and is -- OSU's psychological scars aren't as debilitating as the departure of 18 seniors who took the team to the brink of its second title in five ...

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