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Ohio State will need more wins like they had against Penn State

Carlos Hyde, Adrian Amos AP

Penn State smashed Ohio State by a score of 63-14 in 1994, when the Nittany Lions were putting together an undefeated season capped with a Rose Bowl victory. Penn State did not get recognized as a national champion that season. Ohio State could be on a similar path after matching the most lopsided victory in the series history Saturday night in Columbus.

Ohio State, sitting fourth in the BCS standings behind Alabama, Florida State and Oregon, is unlikely to pick up much ground in the rankings but did everything they needed to do against Penn State. The Buckeyes were dominant in racking up the most yards ever allowed by Penn State in a single game and scoring the most points allowed by Penn State since the 19th century. That’s right, the 19th century. But no matter how impressive Ohio State was Saturday night they still figure to be the odd-team out of a crowded top in the BCS standings. With Oregon pulling away from UCLA for a big win in the Pac 12 to remain undefeated and Florida State having no problems with North Carolina State, the Buckeyes will have to hope there are some voters out there who feel more confident about the final score put together by Urban Meyer‘s squad.

Ohio State extended their winning streak to 20 games. Meyer has not lost a game in Columbus since being named the head coach. Braxton Miller completed 19 of 25 pass attempts for 261 yards and three touchdowns and rushed for 68 yards and two more. Carlos Hyde led all players with 147 yards and two touchdowns. The Buckeyes forced three Penn State turnovers, including two interceptions of freshman quarterback Christian Hackenberg in the first quarter while the Ohio State offense had zero turnovers. Ohio State finished the game with 686 total yards of offense and converted seven out of 10 third down conversions. Ohio State took a 14-0 lead in the first quarter and a 42-7 lead in to halftime and then kept it rolling in the second half by outscoring Penn State 21-7. Kenny Guitton, who eventually replaced Miller as he did earlier in the season, added two rushing touchdowns in the second half as well.

Ohio State also got a little help in the BCS standings when Missouri fell to South Carolina in double overtime. Though Ohio State was ranked ahead of the Tigers, seeing one more threat knocked off will help Ohio State’s chances if they continue to string together wins.

Saturday night was the first great win for Ohio State this season, at least in terms of overall performance. After some closer than expected calls to start Big Ten play, the Buckeyes finally set the tone early and brought the hammer down on their opponent. Saturday night was an example of the kinds of performances Ohio State must have the rest of the way to convince voters they belong in the BCS Championship Game.

As long as Alabama, Florida State and Oregon are doing the same in front of them, Ohio State will continue to chase. The Buckeyes are clearly the best team in the Big Ten, it’s not even close. But given the conference’s national perception right now, the Buckeyes not only need to win their final four regular season games and the Big Ten championship game, but they may need to do so in a huge way. Ohio State has the players to score the style points, but they may need some help from around the country to get back to the BCS championship game.

Otherwise, this Ohio State team could be left to play in a Rose Bowl without a loss and no shot at a national championship just like Penn State in 1994.

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19 Responses to “Ohio State will need more wins like they had against Penn State”
  1. thraiderskin says: Oct 27, 2013 12:33 AM

    I’m glad they finally got their act together, but Ohio State is still not there yet. Alabama and FSU have done things at a level week in, week out and deserve to be #1 and #2. My Buckeyes will be fine with a Rose Bowl bid and a hot streak going into next season.

  2. vincentbojackson says: Oct 27, 2013 12:36 AM

    OSU has a better shot of dropping to #5 than moving up if Oregon, Alabama, Florida State and Baylor all win out.

    Baylor has #15 Oklahoma and #10 Texas Tech up next.

    OSU only has Michigan left and they probably won’t be ranked unless they find a way to get by both MSU and Nebraska.

  3. vincentbojackson says: Oct 27, 2013 12:44 AM

    Urban Meyer hasn’t faced a team ranked higher than #15 since he became the Buck’s head coach.

    The win streak is nice, but let’s keep it in perspective. They just trounced a team that lost almost half of their football scholarships. Next up, 1-6 Purdue.

  4. ladyj51 says: Oct 27, 2013 12:56 AM

    Yes indeed. Talk to me about Ohio State when their schedule doesn’t include several high school teams.

  5. manik56 says: Oct 27, 2013 1:55 AM

    There are worse fates than being unbeaten and winning the Rose Bowl. The panic in Columbus is absurd. Go Bucks!

  6. codenamez says: Oct 27, 2013 2:09 AM

    Ohio State beats Northwestern at Northwestern by 10 and people say it’s an underwhelming victory. Stanford beats Oregon State by 8 with Oregon State having a first and goal to tie at the end and the commentators talk about Stanford moving ahead of Ohio State. Ohio State could win every game this season 100-0 and people would still think they’re overrated, what they do in any game matters as little as any score every has.

    And for the record, I’m an OSU fan and they should be 4th currently, but nothing they could ever do would move them out of that spot short of other teams losing and maybe not even then with public perception as it is.

  7. longborer69 says: Oct 27, 2013 3:07 AM

    @codenamez, your problem is not public perception. Your problem is that you have the misfortune of playing in a conference that isn’t good enough for your team, and keeps losing non-conference games.

    So you don’t really have a chance to show how good you are. And unfortunately, your top non-conf game became worthless to you when Cal decided this was their year to be epically bad.

  8. dkhhuey says: Oct 27, 2013 9:36 AM

    Nicely done Buckeyes!!! Just keep winning and let the rest take care of itself!

    Mark May – WRONG AGAIN!!! How do those big hairy Buckeye nuts taste today!!!

  9. beedubyatoo says: Oct 27, 2013 9:49 AM

    OSU could have easily lost to Wisconsin in Columbus last month if a true freshman cb not dropped an poorly thrown ball for an interception just before halftime. UW won the 2nd half.

    Point is, neither team is that good.

  10. senorpapino says: Oct 27, 2013 11:27 AM

    Whether you are a Buckeye fan or not, there is no objective way OSU can move up without other teams losing in front of them.

    Alabama – will remain #1 no matter what everyone else does

    FSU – a 37 point win road over the #3 team and a 63-0 demolition over the #25 team at the time. Will almost certainly crush the #7 team this next weekend

    Oregon – a 21 point win over the #15 team at the time on the road and just came off a 28 point win over the #12 team with another quality opponent coming up

    The fact of the matter is without a loss from any of these teams, a national championship game ain’t happening for OSU. They will have no comparable quality wins even in a B1G title game.

  11. tommy57 says: Oct 27, 2013 12:11 PM

    To me, challenging the 4th down call when ahead 59-7 speaks volumes of the character of the OSU program. Also, to me, Nebraska is and has been the class team and program in college football.

  12. bucrightoff says: Oct 27, 2013 12:32 PM

    What is the difference between Ohio State now and all the undefeated Boise State teams? Other than the Boise State teams at least had a tough non-conference game at a neutral site? When your best road win is over a team who might not even finish above .500, your conference just sucks. Not Ohio State’s fault that Big 10 is awful, but the Big 10 is awful.

  13. fissels says: Oct 27, 2013 12:36 PM

    Tommy57, you are correct. Urban Meyer showed his lack of class by challenging that call while up 56-7.

  14. totallysirius says: Oct 27, 2013 1:41 PM

    Hmmm, the SEC teams beat up teams like the Weak Sisters of the Poor and Fred’s Barber college plus each other so people think they are the best teams in the country.

    The Big 12,PAC 10 and B1G do the same thing and people think they are garbage.

  15. codenamez says: Oct 27, 2013 1:55 PM

    Why? Because it was actually a bad call and as people say, he needs style points? It’s not your job as a coach to feel bad for other teams. That’s like going to a restaurant and not pointing out a mistake on the bill because they’re busy. It’s their job to get it right so you don’t have to point it out.

  16. BrownsTown says: Oct 27, 2013 3:24 PM

    Funny listening to PSU fans degrade another school’s football program and leadership. Have we already forgotten???

  17. tommy57 says: Oct 27, 2013 4:45 PM

    Nobody’s forgotten anything, BrownsTown. Perhaps one lessen we learned is to call-out bad behavior.

    Cheap shot!!!

  18. dkhhuey says: Oct 27, 2013 6:17 PM

    Does not matter what OSU does right now, it is a no win situation! Every story starts with a reference to a weak schedule and the Big Ten sucks! No other team, regardless of how easier their schedule is, gets the same focus as OSU does in this area. Then, add to it the 2nd half of the storyline: Beat the sh!t out of a team and the sports media machine picks either: 1) The team they beat sucks so the win doesn’t count, or 2) Urban running up the score in a classless act and hence, the win is diminished. If they win a close one: 1) The Buckeyes are overrated.

    In the end – I could care less! I am a Buckeye alum and elated that we have one of the best coaches leading one of the greatest football programs in the country! If we don’t make it to the NC game, so be it – we will be there very soon and probably often!

  19. lilimcg says: Oct 28, 2013 8:43 AM

    Ohio State should be number 4. I won’t argue that. But a few things need addressed. Urban didn’t challenge the fourth down call, it was an official review. Also, his team stepped up and stopped a guy inches short of the yard to gain in the second quarter of a rivalry game. You let the wrong call go because you’re winning? That’s not collegiate football. No one would do that. Yes, Ohio State played Florida A&M, SDSU, and Buffalo, but Alabama has Colorado State, Chattanooga, and Georgia State. Florida State has Bethune-Cookman, and Idaho. Point is they all schedule terrible teams. Ohio State had Vanderbilt until they pulled out last minute and had to settle.

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