Press Coverage: What Went Wrong in Ohio State’s Cotton Bowl Loss and What Changes Could Be in Store This Offseason

By Dan Hope and Andy Anders on December 30, 2023 at 4:23 pm

Ohio State's 14-3 loss to Missouri in the Cotton Bowl on Friday was uninspiring offensively, to say the least.

OSU had its worst offensive performance of Ryan Day's tenure as the offensive line and two quarterbacks each had a rough go against the Tigers' defense. Jim Knowles' defense finished strong in its season finale, but an anemic offensive output mitigated the valiant effort on that side of the ball.

Entering the 2023 season, Ohio State's two biggest questions were at quarterback and at offensive line, and that narrative certainly won't change in 2024. Perhaps the quarterback question will be answered by bringing in Kansas State transfer Will Howard, but that won’t be a fix-all for Ohio State’s offensive issues.

Coaching changes could also be on the horizon as Ohio State’s poor play on offense and special teams in the Cotton Bowl increased the likelihood that Parker Fleming and Corey Dennis will be replaced.

With so many uncertainties surrounding Ohio State ahead of a year of change for both the Big Ten and the College Football Playoff, the 2024 offseason may be one of the more interesting offseasons in recent memory. 

You can watch Eleven Warriors' Dan Hope and Andy Anders give their thoughts on what went wrong in the game, the potential changes for next season and more in the year’s final edition of Press Coverage in the video above.

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