What ESPN says Ohio State must do to reach the CFP again

The Ohio State football program is one of a select few that seem to always be in the mix for a College Football Playoff berth and that should be the case again in 2023.

 Despite losing quarterback C.J. Stroud,

 Ohio State has a nucleus of returning talent on both sides of the ball that should be able to make a run for some pretty special things again next season.

In fact, ESPN already has Ohio State as one of the best teams in its projected preseason SP+ Rankings for this fall,

 just behind No. 1 Georgia. But as we’ve seen the last couple of seasons,

 the team has to produce to its potential to realize some of those lofty goals that are always a part of the equation on the banks of the Olentangy.

ESPN took a look at some of the top contenders for next season,

 and what they must do in order to get to the College Football Playoff,

 and what was identified by Adam Rittenberg makes a lot of sense.