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Big Ten forecast: Can anybody beat Michigan or Ohio State? (Hint: No)

Despite historic talent losses on both sides of the ball, Ohio State and Urban Meyer bring back a loaded roster that could again end the Big Ten season -- and maybe the College Football Playoff -- with their arms raised. Joe Maiorana-USA TODAY Sports

Editor's note: This article was adapted from Phil Steele's college football preview magazine, which is available here.

There's not much debate about the Big Ten these days: The East is loaded and the West is -- well, let's just say the conference champ is probably going to mow through whoever wins the West.

In other words, the league's best playoff chance most likely will be Michigan, Ohio State or Michigan State.

But who will it be? Here's a breakdown of how the Big Ten will play out.