Blocked in Happy Valley, Playoff Path Remains

By Jim Baird | AM Football Briefing | Sunday, October 23

BLOCKED IN HAPPY VALLEY, PLAYOFF PATH REMAINS: Up 14 in the rain in the fourth quarter, Ohio State’s undefeated season slipped away allowing 10 points off of a blocked punt and field goal to ultimately fall 24-21. The win was a signature victory for Penn State coach James Franklin in his third season for the Nittany Lions, who improved to 5-2 on the year. With games remaining against top 10 Nebraska and That School Up North, even after the loss Ohio State still can make the Big 10 Championship and beyond. The most plausible scenario? Should That School Up North win out, and a one-loss Ohio State beat them in The Game, the Buckeyes would hold the division tiebreaker and advance to Indianapolis with a playoff spot on the line. Defensive end Sam Hubbard summed things up after the game, “It’s not the end of our season like I said, we’re just going to get back to work and we have to win out.” For a young team with big hopes, there is no remaining margin for error. How will OSU respond?

HEADLINES: AP – Penn State knocks off No. 2 Ohio State 24-21 Sporting News – Ohio State isn’t one-and-done, but win-’em-all is necessary now ESPN – Ohio State stumbles, but it’s not out of the race yetColumbus Dispatch – Penn State 24, Ohio State 21 | Dazed and confusedPlain Dealer – Mistakes prove costly as No. 2 Ohio State football loses 24-21 at Penn State Sports Illustrated – Penn State shakes up playoff race with stunning upset of Ohio StateFox Sports – Ohio State’s entire season comes down to Michigan

Let’s all just pretend last night never happened. On to Northwestern then Nebraska in the ‘Shoe. Thanks for clicking on The Buckeye Daily — the Ohio State morning football briefing the press, program and fans read, edited by Sporting News college football contributor Jim Baird. Know someone who would appreciate this e-mail? Sign up here or send me a line jim@thebuckeyedaily.com. And join the squad following on Twitter @buckeyedaily.

AROUND THE BIG: No. 3 That School Up North tops Illinois 41-8, tunes up for Michigan StNo. 8 Huskers pull away from Purdue in 2nd half, win 27-14 Clement carries No. 10 Wisconsin to 17-9 win over IowaMinnesota hangs on to beat Rutgers 34-32Northwestern throttles Indiana 24-14 for third straight winMaryland handles Michigan State 28-17

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