Penn State stuns Ohio State 24-21, for the College Football Playoff and Big Ten title chase, what does it all mean?
Penn State Beats Ohio State. What Does It All Mean For The College Football Playoff?
– And here’s the crazy part. Penn State is now in the College Football Playoff hunt.
Michigan still has to go to Iowa and Michigan State. Lose one of those two – Michigan State is still a rivalry game – and at Ohio State, and if Penn State wins out, your 2016 Nittany Lions will be in the Big Ten Championship.
Beat Wisconsin or Nebraska in the title game, and with this win over Ohio State, yeah, there really and truly will be a shot at being in the College Football Playoff even with two losses.
If the Nittany Lions can beat Ohio State, they can certainly win at Purdue, against Iowa, at Indiana, at Rutgers, and against Michigan State, and this gets interesting.
But first for Penn State, just enjoy the win.
The Nittany Lions just took down Ohio State with a bad passing day from Trace McSorley, big special teams plays, and timely sacks to get the job done. This might be the big win to propel the team forward under James Franklin, and at the very least, this showed that it really is possible to win a big, BIG game under its head coach.
– Now, Ohio State needs Michigan to get to Columbus unbeaten.
If that happens, and if Ohio State beats the Wolverines to finish 11-1, even with the loss to Penn State, the Buckeyes will end up in the Big Ten Championship based on the fifth tie-breaker.
5. The team with the best overall winning percentage [excluding exempted games] shall be the representative.
Of course, if Penn State loses another game along the way, all that matters is if Ohio State wins out, and it’s in the College Football Playoff.
But to do that, the Buckeyes need their ground game back after struggling in Happy Valley, and earlier to Indiana a few weeks ago. The whole offense can’t be put on J.T. Barrett, and after the collapse in Happy Valley, the special teams play has to be tighter.
All is not lost, but for the first time all year, the Buckeyes looked and played like a young team.
Do they need a break after the Wisconsin game? Are they hitting a wall? Urban Meyer has rallied the troops before, and now he’ll have to repeat the finishing kick from two years ago.