I'm obviously biased, but I think that Penn State and maybe even Iowa will finish ahead of Ohio State this year. It's easy to say that Ohio State will just reload, but what positions will really be better? Quarterback, obviously, and probably the offensive and defensive lines, but running backs? I don't think either Saine or Herron can be as good as Beanie was. Linebackers? Not after losing Laurinaitis and Freeman. The secondary? Chekwa might be the best player, and he looked bad in the spring game. The wide receivers are also unproven, although it's a pretty talented group.
I just don't see this team winning a conference title. Maybe, since I think the Big Ten has another down year ahead of it, but even if it comes down to one game vs. Penn State, that game will likely be in State College on a Saturday night. Not the easiest place to win