The Buckeyes had to replace a lot of NFL talent on defense last year…and they did it by plugging in even more NFL talent. Uncanny, Urban Meyer is clearly one of the best recruiters/evaluators in the business.
Another interesting note is how happy Ohio State seems to be to allow all of their players to head off to the NFL early. Oklahoma for instance, they regularly convince their juniors to come back for their senior years…somehow. Ohio State, not so much. You have to have a good system in place to allow you to survive that kind of turnover and the Buckeyes seem to have such a system.
Clemson turns over their roster on defense effectively as well, but they also redshirt a lot, makes me wonder what their redshirts get up to that makes them so effective when they get on the field. They seem better prepped than your typical freshmen that spent the year goofing off, playing on scout team, and beefing up their bodies for the college football grind.
This one has been on my list of books to get to for a while, haven’t read it yet. Normally a fierce rivalry can bring out the best in a team but these two squads probably spoiled multiple national championships for each other over this period. The main reason Bo Schembechler never won a national title at Michigan is a few key losses to Woody Hayes and the Buckeyes.