Penn State Nittany Lions at Purdue Boilermakers Preview
Oct 29 2016 by Francis Osborne
The Buckeyes fell to Penn State in State College, Pa., 24-21, and while many aspects of Ohio State's game was to blame, none deserved more criticism than the offensive line.
Ohio State is a three-touchdown favorite to get back on track against Northwestern, which hasn't visited Columbus since 2007 and has lost 29 of the last 30 games between the teams.
The good news for Ohio State (6-1, 3-1 Big Ten) is the loss doesn't damage its title aspirations.
While the Wildcats are on a roll, the Buckeyes are licking their wounds after falling at Penn State. It's unfair to give Ohio State's two biggest conference opponents on the road two weeks to prepare for their games against the Buckeyes. If the Wolverines are still undefeated heading into the November 26 matchup and the Buckeyes win every game leading up to it, the game could decide who heads to the College Football Playoff, assuming the victor also wins the Big 10 Championship Game.
Secondly, the loss just goes to show that you can't overlook anyone in college football. If we're going to praise the conference for its newfound depth - four league teams are in the top 11 of this week's polls, while Penn State also cracked the top 25 - then we'll have to be prepared for a few more losses by the top dogs. This is a damn good ball team, and I fully expect them to beat Nebraska next week and represent the Big Ten West in Indianapolis. Even Ohio State's performance against IN was spotty at times.
Prior to the start of the 2016 season, Penn State head coach James Franklin was widely considered one of the most high-profile coaches on the hot seat in college football, having accrued a 14-12 record in his first two seasons with the Nittany Lions. You better believe everybody's gunning for you.
- Arkansas, which started the season unranked, is out again.
"It was a lot of little things that in games like that become big things when exploited", he said. Get used to it. Now just go out there are prove everyone wrong.
The Buckeyes are the preseason No. 13 team in the country.
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Defense has been the main problem for the Boilers, as they rank 102nd, allowing 33 points a game. The Tigers continue to win, despite several close calls and have experience on their side with the playoff showing they had last season.
Penn State's 24-21 win over Ohio State on Saturday night was one of the most stunning upsets in recent Big Ten history. This leads me to my last point.
That quote proved to be the foundation for the resilience of the Penn State program even four years years later, and it's helped set the scene for what was not only a special win for the members of the team and coaching staff, but also the Penn State community and fan base. "We're not a great team right now".
And what of Ohio State?
MI moved up to No. 2 in the rankings thanks to Ohio State's loss. Communication and timing could be better, he said, but he saw nothing on video Sunday that really alarmed him.