After five weeks of relative ease, the Ohio State Buckeyes will finally be put to the test tonight against the No.2-ranked team in the nation. Penn State represents the first major opposition the Buckeyes have faced since their Week 2 loss to Oklahoma in Columbus, and the Nittany Lions bring the Heisman Trophy frontrunner Saquon Barkley alongside one of the conference’s best quarterbacks in Trace McSorley to lead the charge.
For Ohio State, the bitter memory of last season’s sole regular season defeat in Happy Valley still stings. The undefeated Buckeyes lost on a series of special teams blunders that could just as well have cost them a chance at the College Football Playoff. Now, Ohio State gets the Nittany Lions in Columbus, following a bye week, with every shot at redemption.
Penn State, meanwhile, is looking for payback of its own. Despite defeating the Buckeyes, the Nittany Lions were shut out of the CFP and relegated to the Rose Bowl against USC.
This matchup, naturally, has massive implications for the college football postseason this year. With the Big Ten East race currently in a three-way tie for first among Ohio State, Penn State and Michigan State, the winner of Saturday’s matchup will be in control of its own destiny for the remainder of the conference season (Penn State is scheduled to face Michigan State next week in East Lansing). And while the Buckeyes were written off early by some, a win over the Nittany Lions would go a long way in convincing members of the College Football Playoff committee ahead of this week’s opening poll.
The game we have all been waiting for has finally arrived.
When is the game and how can I watch?
Game Date/Time: Saturday, Oct. 28, 3:30 p.m. ET
Location: Columbus, OH
Radio: 97.1 FM/1460 AM
Where is GameDay today?
In Columbus, of course! This week will mark the crew’s second visit to Ohio Stadium this season, and the third game involving the Buckeyes this year (GameDay opened in Bloomington, Ind., for a special, Thursday night edition of the show during Week 1). It will also be the second-straight week featuring a Penn State matchup, after the Nittany Lions laid waste to Michigan last weekend.
What’s the rest of the Big Ten up to this weekend?
At noon, No. 5 Wisconsin heads to Illinois on ESPN while Illinois gets Rutgers--winner of two straight in the Big Ten--takes on Michigan on BTN. In a heavy slate of 3:30 p.m. matchups, No. 16 Michigan State travels to Northwestern on ESPN, and Indiana goes to Maryland on BTN. At 6:30 p.m., Iowa faces Minnesota in Kinnick Stadium on FS1 before the 7:30 p.m. kickoff of Nebraska at Purdue on BTN.
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