The Big Ten Championship will once again come through Columbus this season if Ohio State's roster — packed with starpower — produces as advertised.

Several anonymous rival coaches weighed in on the Buckeyes in a recent interview with Sports Illustrated ahead of the program's rapidly-approaching season opener.

"The program is in turmoil entering the season because it’s unclear whether Urban Meyer will remain as coach, but talent-wise, this team is stacked," one coach said. "The biggest question is at quarterback, where they have to replace J.T. Barrett. In relief last year, Dwayne Haskins made some good throws, and he was athletic getting out of the pocket. He’s not as good as Barrett, but he’s not going to hurt the team.

"He will have some big-time weapons. J.K. Dobbins is one of the best running backs in the country, and they’re loaded at wideout. Austin Mack was Ohio State’s best offensive player against USC in the Cotton Bowl, and he has the physical ability to win one-on-one battles. Johnnie Dixon isn't a high volume guy, but he has big-play potential."

One coach compares Ohio State's pass-rush talent to the four starters up front at Clemson, who all could go in the first round next year. It's a sentiment that's been echoed by several coaches nationally this offseason when grading Ohio State's roster on the defensive side of the ball.

"There are blue-chippers everywhere on this defense," another anonymous coach said. "Safety Jordan Fuller emerged as a star last year. He anchors what should be a shutdown secondary. You could make an argument that this defensive line is just as good as Clemson’s. Nick Bosa and Chase Young are headed for the NFL. I have some concern because of inexperience at linebacker, but otherwise the defense is one of the best in the country."

Ohio State is expected to be a preseason Top 5 team when the Associated Press releases its initial rankings later this month. Meyer, who's currently on paid administrative leave during the university's widely-publicized investigation, will know his future in short order.

In the interim, Ryan Day has been appointed active coach of the Buckeyes and is leading the team during fall camp. Day has only been at Ohio State for one full year, joining the staff last season as the co-offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach. He is considered as one of the brightest young minds in coaching circles.

He helped Ohio State's offense soar to new heights last fall during Barrett's senior season. The Buckeyes' offense was fifth nationally in passing efficiency in 2017, sixth in scoring and eighth in total offense, plus it led the Big Ten in rushing, passing efficiency, scoring and total offense.

Day will be a major factor in Haskins' development under center in 2018 and beyond.