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1. Last night's game can be summarized in one word: Awful. The offense, the defense, the special teams, the play-calling, the execution, the intensity, the composure, the officiating, the scheduling, the weather, Kirk Herbstreit. All simply awful.

2. Conventional wisdom (or irrational hope) states that the Buckeyes needed a "learning experience" or a "wake-up call" or some sort of "teachable moment", and now that they've got one they'll be able to right the ship and cruise into the play-offs. Certainly something similar happened after bad losses in 2014 (Virginia Tech) and 2015 (Michigan State). Sometimes a loss is a good thing long term. Usually it's a warning sign.

3. Ohio State led the time of possession battle, 37:19 to 22:41. That's mainly because Penn State's three touchdown drives didn't consume very much time. Their first was 7 plays for 74 yards in 1:00; their second was 5 plays for 90 yards in 1:20; and their third was 0 plays for 60 yards in 0:00 (blocked FG).

4. Ohio State's defense was schizophrenic. They gave up two very long, quick strike touchdown drives in which Penn State averaged 13.7 yards per play (12 plays, 164 yards). However, on Penn State's eleven non-touchdown drives (not counting the kneel downs at the end), the defense held the Nittany Lions to 125 yards on 51 plays (2.45 average) and just three points on a short field after a blocked punt.

The defense held Penn State quarter back Trace McSorley to 8 of 23 passing, for 34.8 completion percentage. However, McSorley had 154 yards passing, for an average of 19.2 yards per completion. Four of McSorley's eight completions went for 20+ yards (20, 26, 34, 35).

The Buckeyes held Penn State to 2 of 13 (15.4%) on 3rd down conversions.

5. The game was lost midway through the third quarter. After a safety and free kick, Ohio State held a 21-7 lead with 8:19 left in the third quarter. The Buckeyes had the ball at their own 40-yard line, they had all the momentum, and the crowd was out of the...

1. Pennsylvania State University is a football factory located in State College, Pennsylvania.

2. The Penn State mascot is the Nittany Lion. According to Penn State's official website:

The Nittany Lion Mascot is an essential part of Penn State's tradition and pride, which originated in 1904 during a baseball game against Princeton. Upon hearing their rivals' mascot [the Tiger], Harrison D. Mason announced that the Nittany Lion was "the fiercest beast of them all." Not only did Penn State win the game that day, but an image was created that would become both a symbol and legacy at the University for years to follow.​

The Nittany Lion refers to the mountain lions that used to live on Mount Nittany, which is located near the Penn State campus. Nittany is allegedly an Indian word (or phrase) that means "mountain lion". So the Nittany Lions are in reality the Mountain Lion Lions. Pretty creative, that.

3. Penn State's team colors are blue and white, although they were originally pink and black (not a joke). The original colors were chosen in 1887 by a three-man student committee. One of the committee members, George R. Meek, explained the unusual choice as follows:

We wanted something bright and attractive but we could not use red or orange as those colors were already used by other colleges so we chose a very deep pink – really cerise – which with black made a very pretty combination.​

Not surprisingly, Penn State's teams were mocked for the use of pink (it was apparently considered an un-manly color back then) and three years later the school adopted the boring dark blue and white color combination that still exists today.

4. Penn State played its...
1. After a tough game against Wisconsin in week six, the Buckeyes' team stats took a major hit:

CategoryOSU Statistic-NCAA Rank-
Scoring Offense49.3 ppg4th
Scoring Defense12.8 ppg3rd
Total Offense516.5 ypg12th
Total Defense280.3 ypg6th
Turnover Margin1.33 / game4th
Time of Possession34:40 / game9th

Ohio State's scoring offense dropped by 3.9 ppg; and total offense dropped by 21.1 ypg. Scoring defense increased by 2.0 ppg; and total defense increased by 33.9 ypg. Turnover margin dropped slightly (.17 / game) while time of possession dropped considerably (1:20 per game).

2. Here's how Ohio State and Penn State stack up in the major offensive and defensive categories. The Buckeyes are top 12 in all categories, while the Nittany Lions are mediocre to bad across the board:

TeamTotal OffenseNCAA RankScore OffenseNCAA RankTotal DefenseNCAA RankScore DefenseNCAA RankTurnoversNCAA Rank
Ohio State516.5 ypg12th49.3 ppg4th280.3 ypg6th12.8 ppg3rd+84th
Penn State391.5 ypg82nd30.5 ppg61st381.5 ypg52nd28.5 ppg73rd-289th
For the season, Penn State is gaining 10.0 more yards per game than they are surrendering; and scoring 2.0 more points per game than they are allowing.

On the other hand, Ohio State is gaining 236.2 more yards per game than they are surrendering; and...
1. #2 Ohio State 30, #8 Wisconsin 23 (OT): In a rare battle of top-10 teams within the conference, the Buckeyes survived a horrible first half (6 points scored, 16 points allowed, 313 yards allowed, 8.0 yards per play allowed) and did just enough in the second half to force overtime. In the extra frame, the Buckeye offense scored a touchdown and the defense forced a turnover on downs. J.T. Barrett led Ohio State with 318 total yards (92 rushing, 226 passing) and 3 total TDs (2 rushing, 1 passing), while the Wisconsin offense had a number of season-best performances: running back Corey Clement (25 rushes, 164 yards); wide receiver Jazz Peavy (146 all-purpose yards, TD); and tight end Troy Fumagalli (7 receptions, 84 yards, including season long receptions of 28 and 30 yards).

2. Minnesota 31, Maryland 10: After beginning the season with four straight wins and outscoring their opponents 173 to 58 (43.3 to 14.5 on a per game basis), the Maryland Terrapins have dropped their last two contests by by a combined score of 69 to 24. The Terps were plagued by turnovers last season, and yesterday they had four miscues (2 fumbles, 2 interceptions). One of those interceptions was returned 82 yards for a touchdown by Minnesota DB Antoine Winfield, Jr. The Golden Gophers also had a 70-yard scoring run from Rodney Smith.

3. Iowa 49, Purdue 35: In a very un-B1G-like performance, the two teams combined for 84 points and 1,024 yards of offense. Purdue was led by quarterback David Blough, who completed 30 of 60 passes for 458 yards and 5 TDs but one very costly interception (a 40-yard pick six by Iowa's Desmond King in the fourth quarter). The Hawkeyes actually had a 35-7 lead at halftime before Purdue got its passing attack rolling in the third quarter. While Purdue moved the ball through the air, Iowa relied on the ground...
1. It started off a lot like 2010, it ended up a lot like 2012, and there was an unhealthy dose of 2013 thrown into the mix. Anyone who thought that this was going to be a redux of 2014 was disabused of that notion about two minutes into the game. Here, let me explain:

2. In the 2010 contest between Ohio State and Wisconsin, the Badgers opened up a 21-0 lead early in the second quarter and never looked back en route to a 31-18 upset victory over the #1 Buckeyes. This year the early script was much the same, with the Badgers scoring a touchdown with 6:17 left in the first quarter to take a 10-0 lead over the #2 ranked Buckeyes. At that point, the Badgers had run 12 plays for 147 yards (12.25 average) and 10 points, while the listless Buckeyes had run 10 plays for 22 yards (2.2 average) and zero points.

3. The Buckeyes were on the verge of a 2010-style blowout, but the offense rebounded with a much-needed scoring drive (11 plays, 67 yards for a field goal), and the defense stiffened somewhat before the half, allowing 30 plays for 156 yards (a still unacceptable 5.2 average) and 6 points on a pair of short field goals (32 yards, 22 yards). The offense was able to add another field goal to make the score 16-6 at the half, which was quite a difference from the last time the two teams met: In the 2014 Big Ten Championship Game, Ohio State led 38-0 at halftime and eventually won the game by the score of 59-0, the largest margin of victory in the series (tied with 1979, also a 59-0 rout by Ohio State).

4. In the third quarter, the Buckeye defense held Wisconsin to 11 plays for 11 yards, an interception, and no points. Meanwhile, the offense got into gear, scoring touchdowns late in the third quarter and early in the fourth quarter to build a 20-16 lead. Then the defense fell asleep once again, allowing an 11-play, 81-yard drive that was highlighted by a 36-yard pass completion on third-and-9 from Wisconsin's own 20-yard line.

5. The Buckeye offense responded...

1. The University of Wisconsin is located in Madison, the capital of Wisconsin, about an hour-and-a-half due west of Milwaukee. UW is the state's public flagship, and is a land-grant and sea-grant The school's motto is Numen Lumen, which is a popular line from the sit-com Seinfeld.

2. Wisconsin's colors are cardinal and white. The badger was adopted as Wisconsin's mascot in 1889. According to Wikipedia (always 100% accurate), "Wisconsin was dubbed the Badger State because of the lead miners who first settled there in the 1820s and 1830s. Without shelter in the winter, they had to live like badgers in tunnels burrowed into hillsides." That story is so hokey that it might actually be true.

3. The name of the school's mascot is Buckingham U. Badger, more commonly known as simply Bucky Badger. Wisconsin's official fight song is On, Wisconsin, but the school is more noted for playing House of Pain's Jump Around between the third and fourth quarters of every home game.

4. Wisconsin has played football since 1889, and their overall record is 678-488-53, for a .578 winning percentage.

5. Wisconsin became a charter member of the Big Ten in 1896. Wisconsin's record in Big Ten play is 342-355-36, for a .491 winning percentage. The Badgers have 14 Big Ten championships, including the conference's initial championship in 1896. The Badgers last won the conference title in 2012, which was their third in a row.

6. Wisconsin has never won a recognized national championship. The closest that the Badgers have come to a national title were in 1942 when they finished #3 in the final AP poll with a record of 8-1-1; and in 1962 when they finished #2 in both major polls with a record of 8-2-0.

Games with Ohio State played a major role in both those near-miss seasons. On October 31, 1942, the Badgers beat the...
1. Ohio State scored 38 points and gained 383 yards against Indiana, which were far below the Buckeyes' averages in points per game (57.0) and yards per game (576.3). Indiana scored 17 points and 281 total yards, which caused the Buckeyes' defensive numbers to take a slight hit as well:

CategoryOSU Statistic-NCAA Rank-
Scoring Offense53.2 ppg3rd
Scoring Defense10.8 ppg2nd
Point Differential42.4 ppg1st
Total Offense537.6 ypg5th
Total Defense246.4 ypg4th
Yardage Differential291.2 ypg1st
Rushing Offense323.6 ypg3rd
Rushing Defense97.8 ypg9th
Passing Offense214.0 ypg86th
Passing Defense148.6 ypg5th
Pass Efficiency Offense163.5410th
Pass Efficiency Defense82.642nd
3rd Down Offense.5295th
3rd Down Defense.28915th
Red Zone Offense.89738th
Red Zone Defense.5831st
Sacks2.20 / game60th
Sacks Allowed0.60 / game2nd
Net Punting46.71 yds2nd
Turnover Margin1.60 / game5th
Time of Possession36:004th

2. Here's how Ohio State and Wisconsin stack up in the major offensive and defensive categories. The Buckeyes are top 5 in all categories, while the...
1. #2 Ohio State 38, Indiana 17: This game was closer than the score indicated. Indiana had a chance to make it a one score game in the fourth quarter, but turned the ball over on downs deep in the red zone. Ohio State came into the game averaging 57 points and 576 total yards, but were held to just 38 points and 383 total yards (only 93 passing yards) by a surprisingly stingy Indiana defense. The Buckeye defense was spotty until midway through the third quarter when they finally clamped down, allowing the Hoosiers just 22 yards on their final 19 plays.

2. #4 Michigan 78, Rutgers 0: Rutgers had 35 total yards; completed just 2 of 18 passes; was 0 for 17 on third downs, and punted the ball 16 times. Needless to say, Michigan took advantage of all that ineptitude.

3. Brigham Young 31, Michigan State 14: Well, it looks like Sparty's magical three-year run is finally over. After posting a 36-5 record (.878 winning percentage) over the past three seasons, with two Big Ten titles and two major bowl victories, Michigan State has fallen to 2-3 on the 2016 season. Unlike the true big boys of college football, Sparty doesn't reload, they rebuild. Maybe they'll be back in 2017. In the meantime they are squarely in the sights of Ohio State and Michigan, both of whom have revenge on their minds. Look out, Sparty!

4. Penn State 38, Maryland 14: The Nittany Lions improved to 4-2 on the season, and Maryland came back to earth after winning their first five games. The score wasn't close, and neither were the stat lines: Penn State crushed Maryland in total yards (524 to 270); first downs (28 to 11); and time of possession...
1. A win is a win is a win ... but, man, that game was painful to watch. The final score was 38-17 in favor of Ohio State, but it sure didn't seem like a three-touchdown win. And for much of the game, it didn't seem like the final margin would be anywhere near 21 points. Ohio State took a 17-3 lead (on a Curtis Samuel 5-yard touchdown run) with 3:32 left in the first half. Then Tyler Durbin booted the ensuing kick-off out of bounds, giving Indiana the ball at their own 35-yard line. The Buckeye defense forced a 3rd-and-6 at midfield, but on the next two plays the Hoosiers connected on a 32-yard pass into the red zone and an 18-yard pass for a touchdown, cutting the Ohio State lead to 17-10 with just 1:03 left in the half. Thanks to a 91-yard kick-off return by Parris Campbell, the Buckeyes were able to regain their two-touchdown lead right before halftime.

Indiana went on a 13-play, 89-yard touchdown drive to start the second half, once again making it a one-score game, 24-17. The Buckeyes would score a third quarter touchdown of their own to push the lead back to fourteen points, 31-17. After a J.T Barrett interception, Indiana began at the Ohio State 13-yard line with 11:34 left in the game. With the short field, the Hoosiers had an excellent chance to make it a one-score game down the stretch. Indiana gained eight yards on first down, but then the Buckeye defense stuffed three straight plays and the offense took over on downs at their own 4-yard line. After an Ohio State punt, Indiana once again turned the ball over own downs, this time in their own territory. Ohio State scored a short field touchdown to bump the lead up to 38-17, and that was all she wrote.

2. It seems like every so often the Buckeye offense goes into a funk and yesterday was one of those games. J.T Barrett entered the game completing 68.2...

1. Indiana University is located in Bloomington, about an hour southwest of Indianapolis. IU is the state's flagship public university. The school's motto is Lux et Veritas, which translates to: "We suck at football".

2. Indiana's colors are crimson and cream and the mascot is the Hoosier. No one knows exactly what a Hoosier is, other than a term for a resident of Indiana. Some say that Hoosier comes from an old Indian word, hoosa, which apparently meant "maize". Whatever the origin of the obscure word, Hoosier now apparently means: "friendliness, neighborliness, an idyllic contentment with Indiana landscape and life." At least that's according to the Indiana Historical Society, which is probably not the most objective source for such information.

3. Indiana has played football for 127 years. The Hoosiers have been good at football for exactly ten of those 127 years. Indiana's overall record is 470-662-47, for a .419 winning percentage. Among Power5 teams, only Wake Forest (.407) has a worse winning percentage.

4. Indiana is not a charter member of the Big Ten, but they have been in the conference since 1900. In conference play, the Hoosiers have a record of 202-489-24 (.299 winning percentage), and have been outscored 17,373 to 10,828 (24.3 to 15.1 on a per game basis). In 115 years of participating in Big Ten football, the Hoosiers have just two conference championships (1945; 1967).

5. Indiana does not have a recognized national championship, or any unrecognized national championships for that matter. The closest that Indiana has come to a national championship was the 1945 season when the team compiled a fine record of 9-0-1 (the Hoosiers' only undefeated season in their history). Indiana's only blemish was a 7-7 tie...