Truthfully, if the QB situation works out, tOSU will be even better next year.
Replacing starters is difficult at first, but one must think about how they would line up with the previous years starters by mid-season.
OT: Losing Baldwin sucks, but Jamarco Jones possesses much more natural ability that Warriner will develop thoroughly.
WR: Spencers blocking and Smiths long ball are intangibles that aren't' as easily replaced. But the depth at WR is pretty good and the team will adapt. Whether or not they'll be "better" is difficult to conclude.
TE: Heuerman, though good, didn't have a strong impact on the field. Vannett will smoothly transition to the starting role and there shouldn't be much of a drop off.
DT: Bennett will be the most difficult to replace, but Schutt should be very serviceable by mid-season.
DE: Miller was never really the starter in my eyes because all season I kept wondering how studly that line would be if Spence was playing. Tyquan Lewis and Jalyn Holmes are prepped to step up and develop into good players by the end of the season. And of course we all eagerly anticipate the play of Sam Hubbard.
MLB: Grant has been a true warrior and great leader, but let's be honest with ourselves. McMillan will be much better.
CB: Grant took over the role of Travis Howard and was mentored by Roby. After Roby left, Grant tutored Apple. I fully expect Apple to carry on that proud tradition and train the next man up to be a star. Whether it be Conley, Webb, Lattimore, Reeves, or Burrows.