One coach in the B1G believed that Ohio State could take a step back in 2023.

In 2022, Ohio State reached the College Football Playoff and finished the season with an 11-2 record. Ohio State’s 2 losses came in the last 2 games of the season against Michigan and Georgia. For the 2023 season, Ohio State will need to replace several players at key positions.

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ESPN college football writer Adam Rittenberg wrote about key headlines heading into next season and he included one part about a B1G assistant’s take on Ohio State’s control over the conference (Via ESPN):

“Ohio State will be interesting because who’s going to be the quarterback,” a Big Ten assistant said. “Here’s what’s amazing: Iowa’s defense has good players — they’re just not heralded. I love Cooper DeJean, Riley Moss, but there’s no reason that Ohio State D-line and secondary shouldn’t be as good or better.”

The assistant coach also proclaimed that Michigan is the best team in the conference and Penn State could emerge as a threat to the Buckeyes and the rest of the conference. Ohio State last won the B1G Championship in 2020 and missed out on winning the conference championship with back-to-back losses to Michigan.

Ohio State will look to return to the Playoff in 2023.