As expected Ohio State isn’t out of the playoff hunt.
Ohio State made the College Football Playoff two years earlier with a worse loss to Virginia Tech at home, so surely it could overcome a three-point road defeat to the Nittany Lions.
The larger point for now is that if Ohio State wins out, it’ll make the playoff.
Even without getting into advanced statistics, it’s pretty easy to see that a schedule of Missouri, Youngstown State, BYU, Kansas State, Texas Tech and TCU is better than one that includes Northwestern State, SMU, Rice, Oklahoma State, Iowa State and Kansas.
For the first time since 2011, the Nittany Lions are in the top 25, ranked No. 24 on the heels of their massive upset of Ohio State.
Even worse, until Saturday Penn State had yet to beat Michigan, Michigan State or Ohio State, the teams that make up the elite tier of the conference that the Nittany Lions would like to rejoin.