The last time Ohio State's quarterback succession went according to plan, Todd Boeckman replaced Troy Smith ahead of the 2007 season.
There's no other position in football that generates quite the same intrigue as the quarterback, and for good reason. The quarterback touches the ball nearly ever offensive snap, is responsible for facilitating the offense and bears most of the burden for wins and losses – fair or not.
And with the roster turnover in college football, a team will only have the same starting quarterback a maximum of four years. Given that, it's easy to obsess over the succession plan, covet recruits, and project who will be the next starter and when he'll take the reins.