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What does Ohio State need to do with its roster and coaching staff ahead of 2024?

Also, with 14 players in the portal, who are you most excited to see have an expanded roll in the Cotton Bowl?

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Matt Tamanini Matt Tamanini is the co-managing editor of Land-Grant Holy Land having joined the site in 2016.

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The last two weeks following yet another disappointing regular season finale have been tough for Ohio State football fans. Not only have we seen more than a dozen Buckeyes enter the transfer portal, we’ve seen recruiting losses, OSU commits flip, and much more. But, on Tuesday, we did get some good news as seven very important players confirmed that they would be playing in the Cotton Bowl in two weeks.

So, in our weekly fan survey, we wanted to check in with Ohio State fans to see what young players they were most excited to watch get a bit more time in the bowl game, and what they most want to see happen to OSU’s roster and coaching staff over the next month to set them up for success in 2024.

Take a look below and make sure to register your vote in the survey. Then, if you have additional thoughts, hit up the comments at the bottom of the page!


Question 1: What non-quarterback are you most excited to see get additional playing time in the Cotton Bowl?

On Tuesday, we got a lot of really good news from the Buckeyes in regard to the Cotton Bowl, as Denzel Burke, Emeka Egbuka, Jordan Hancock, Donovan Jackson, Jack Sawyer, Cody Simon, and Tyleik Williams all confirmed that they would be playing on Dec. 29 when the Buckeyes take on the Missouri Tigers in Arlington.

We still do not have word on what the likes of Marvin Harrison Jr., TreVeyon Henderson, and J.T. Tuimoloau are planning on doing for the bowl game (or next season for that matter), having these seven difference-makers back will be a huge bonus for the Buckeyes... it also doesn’t hurt that this keeps the door open for a potential 2024 return for each of these players. Thus far, only Simon has confirmed that he will be back in scarlet and gray next fall.

So, even though there are more than a half dozen starters officially locked in for the Cotton Bowl, due to the 14 players who have entered the transfer portal, we should still get to see a ton of young Bucks on the field in a few weeks. I won’t tip my hand as to who I am most excited to see, but make sure you vote in the survey below, and if you want to argue your point, feel free to leave a comment at the bottom of the page.


Question 2: What is your biggest, actually possible roster/personnel Christmas wish for this Ohio State football team?

I know that for some in Buckeye Nation, Ryan Day being replaced or Marv coming back for a fourth season as a Buckeye are at the top of your Christmas list, but neither of those is likely to happen. So, I have put together a set of eight other options to see what OSU fans want most over the next month or two in terms of roster and coaching staff construction.

While my colleague Gene Ross is all in on not only Day removing the current special teams coordinator, but also the position of special teams coordinator, I have mixed in a handful of other options.

While you can only select one in this survey, I think that the Buckeyes need to do at least three, but preferably four or five (or all eight) of these to have the best chances to head into 2024 with a team and staff capable of winning the Big Ten and national titles.


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