Throw all your College Football Playoff projections out the window and start over, because Penn State beat No. 2 Ohio State 24-21 on Saturday night.
Ohio State had been driving, up 21-17 and looking to put the Nittany Lions away with a touchdown when Penn State’s defense came up big and forced Ohio State to settle for a field goal attempt.
Unfortunately for the Buckeyes, Penn State’s Marcus Allen blocked the 45-yard field goal attempt, and Grant Haley scooped up the loose ball before taking it 60 yards to the house to give Penn State its first lead of the game.
The drive ended with J.T. Barrett, who threw for 245 yards on the night, being sacked by Evan Schwan and Kevin Givens on 4th-and-29 to turn the ball over on downs, and allow Penn State to kill the rest of the clock.
Coming into the game Penn State had been 0-6 against ranked teams under James Franklin.
Ohio State is 3-1 as well but – obviously – Penn State now has the tie-breaker over the Buckeyes.
So if Penn State wins out – and if you look at the rest of the schedule, it’s not too crazy to think it can – and Michigan trips up against somebody along the way, and then loses to Ohio State to end the season, guess who is going to Indianapolis? Yep, Penn State.
Plenty of people are going to want to, because it’s always fun when a top-ranked team loses, and we always love to declare teams are done, but Ohio State isn’t.
If it wins out, and Penn State loses another game, it will be Ohio State going to Indianapolis, and if the Buckeyes win there, we all know a one-loss Ohio State team will be selected for the College Football Playoff.