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By David A. Clarke Jr.
Blame Washington's intelligence failure, not lack of police
Topic - Ross Homan
It an almost annual ritual: Ohio State loses several starters on defense and finds several very good replacements.
Ohio State has confirmed that linebacker Dorian Bell has been suspended for the 2011 season for a violation of team rules.
Mistral Raymond had every excuse to go the wrong way, to leave football behind and descend into sorrow, depression or, worst of all, vengeance.
Even after Ohio State cornerback Chimdi Chekwa was told about the Buckeyes' bowl futility against teams from the Southeastern Conference, he had a hard time believing it.
The annual battle between Ohio State and Illinois for the wooden turtle known as the Illibuck has in recent years been decided on the ground.
Call it "The Marshall Plan" for Thursday's season-opening game at No. 2 Ohio State.
Stocked with veterans throughout the two-deep, No. 2 Ohio State has had some interlopers who are barely old enough to shave.
Second-ranked Ohio State will be led by six captains this season for only the second time in 121 seasons of playing football.
"It's kind of a motivational thing," Buckeyes linebacker Ross Homan said. "We kind of look at it as: This is the present, the here and now. That was in the past. We can only control what we do in this game on Tuesday night."
"We definitely have to get off on a good start," said Buckeyes linebacker Ross Homan. "We can't come out flat."