But coach Urban Meyer’s Buckeyes are still No. 9 in Steele’s national “power poll” and his pick to win the Big Ten East. The power poll is derived from a combination of nine metrics Steele has developed over the year.
Iowa is predicted to defend its Big Ten West title, thanks in part to a weak schedule that does not include Ohio State or Michigan State. The Hawkeyes play Michigan, Nebraska, Northwestern and Wisconsin, but all those games will be in Iowa City.
Ohio State returns only three starters on offense, three starters on defense and 40 percent of its letterwinners overall.