In the biggest match up of the weekend in college football, one in which there were major College Football Playoff ramifications on the line, the Ohio State Buckeyes found a way past Penn State, knocking them off by a score of 28-17. The #2 team in the nation were in control early on, scoring touchdowns via JK Dobbins in the two opening quarters to take a 14-0 lead into halftime over the Nittany Lions.
A third TD, this time a 24-yard pass from Justin Fields to KJ Hill, gave them a 21-0 lead in the third quarter. Just as they looked to be cruising, the visitors made a comeback attempt, scoring 17 points unanswered before the close of the period. However, the game was all but settled and the scoring was finished less than two minutes into the fourth when Fields found Chris Olave for a 28-yard TD. That made it 28-17, and it was official that the #8 Nittany Lions were out of the playoff race having lost for the second time. Dobbins finished with 157 yards on the ground as the Buckeyes clinched the Big 10 East division. But will it be enough to move back up to #1 come Tuesday? For the most part the rest of the landscape remained the same, with many big teams rolling over much smaller opposition. The only other ranked team (discounting SMU) that lost on Saturday ended up being #6 Oregon, who fell 31-28 to Arizona State. Despite a 300+ yard passing night from Justin Herbert, the Ducks were outdueled by Sun Devils QB Jayden Daniels’ 408 yards. They were also aided by their defense, who picked off Herbert twice in the fourth quarter. That leaves only Utah in the thick of it for the PAC-12. They will have to defeat Oregon in the title game in order to give the conference any hope of a CFP team this season.