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In Conversation Podcast: Stewart Mandel explains why he has Ohio State third in the Big Ten East

The Athletic’s college football writer also discusses how expansion could shake out for the ACC.

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On today’s episode, I am in conversation with one of the most respected college football writers in America, The Athletic’s Stewart Mandel. In our conversation, we get into why he has Ohio State picked to finish third in the Big Ten East going 10-2 on the season and how big the gap between Michigan and Penn State is for the Buckeyes.

We talk about what OSU would need to do in order to get back to the top of the Big Ten mountain and win a national title on both defense and offense. We also discuss the Buckeyes’ offensive line and running game, as well as the next round of conference expansion which could bring Stanford, Cal, and SMU to the ACC and much more.

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Twitter: @slmandel
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