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The Ohio State Buckeyes have a superstar on offense in Dwayne Haskins. On the other side of the ball, they now have a huge hole to fill.

Buckeye fans were given to terrible news as head coach Urban Meyer announced Nick Bosa had undergone surgery to repair a core muscle injury. Not only will the injury, which the star defensive lineman suffered this past weekend against TCU keep him out this week, but his return timeline does not look favorable.

Bosa is out indefinitely, leaving this Buckeyes defense to pick up the pieces. 

If this is a sports hernia like most core muscle injuries are, don't expect to see Bosa until November.

This could be a season-ruining injury for the Buckeyes. They're currently in the National Title picture as the No. 3 ranked team in the nation, but how long can they stay in that position without Bosa? Surely this defense can take on a school like Tulane without it's best player, but now, all eyes point to the matchup against No. 10 Penn State in two weeks.

Do they have enough firepower to slow down the Nittany Lions?

It's certainly a tall order. Through three weeks, Penn State has averaged an insane 53 points per game. Even though they were against cupcake teams, that's a game where you need all hands on deck.

With games against Indiana, Minnesota, and Purdue following their September 29th matchup against Penn State, it's hard to imagine this team goes through that stretch without a loss. Haskins and the offense are on fire and the defense has a ton of playmakers, but Bosa is one of those irreplaceable talents that needs to show up in big games like these. 

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