The Nittany Lions drive for their first undefeated season since 1994 came to an end with a 20-12 road loss to number 3 ranked Ohio State. With it, the team’s quest for its first ever College Football Playoff appearance may have disappeared as well, as they now have to contend with undefeated Michigan and Ohio State above them in the Big 10 East standings. And with any tie break going to Ohio State, the team will have an uphill battle to climb.
The Penn State defense, one of the top-ranked in the country, had its fair share of holes poked in it on Saturday, as consensus top receiver, Marvin Harrison Jr., lit the Nittany Lions up for 162 yards and a touchdown. The 365 yards of total offense by the Buckeyes is the most the team has allowed all season. And the 12 points scored by Penn State is the lowest point total they’ve had dating back to their loss in the 2022 Outback Bowl, where they only scored 10 against Arkansas.
The team will have a chance to regroup with an October 28th game against 2-5 Indiana. After that, things will get tough again with a November 4th road game against 5-2 Maryland, followed by a home game against 2nd ranked Michigan.