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The Buckeyes passed their second huge test of the 2023 college football season, outlasting the Penn State Nittany Lions 20-12 in a rock fight of a game. The Buckeye defense played lights out, but it probably helped that James Franklin decided not to try to persistently run, because Drew Allar did not look much like a five-star recruit on Saturday. That could be due to the pressure of the OSU front, the hostile atmosphere, or some other factor, but despite a couple of decent early runs, Penn State curiously strayed from it a bit and became both predictable and ineffective.
We broke down Saturday’s scarlet-out win, and checked back on our score predictions and our picks to click to see how close our pregame imaginations came to the real thing. After that, we took our weekly stroll through the Big Ten scoreboard to see which B1G West team threw away its turn in the division’s driver’s seat on Saturday (it was Iowa). Wisconsin appears to have moved to the top of the pile out west after a complete collapse by Illinois in the fourth quarter. We also have to tell our children about a bowl-eligible Rutgers team.
Finally, we looked ahead to the Buckeyes’ trip to Madison for a Saturday night game at Camp Randall Stadium. Wisconsin figures to be every bit as physical and tough as Penn State. The Badgers may not have the Nittany Lions’ talent across the board, but they’ve got the intimidating home crowd in a night game, and this will be a good test to see if Ohio State can keep from resting on its laurels after a hard-fought win against a fellow Top 10 opponent.
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