The Buckeyes are back in action this afternoon in Columbus in hosting Joe Paterno and his Penn State Nittany Lions. Two weeks ago, OSU cruised to a 52-10 victory over lowly Minnesota and have enjoyed the bye week to jump back into the top 10 of the BCS rankings.
With only three games remaining, the Big Ten title is well within the grasps of the Buckeyes for yet another season. Key today will be to see how Terrelle Pryor and the offense performs today against this Penn State team that has won three straight conference games.
A standings update is below the jump along with previews from around the web.
Big Ten Conference Standings/Remaining Schedules:
#11 Michigan State (9-1, 5-1) – BYE, vs. Purdue, @ Penn State
#7 Wisconsin (9-1, 5-1) – WIN Indiana, @ Michigan, vs. Northwestern
#9 Ohio State (8-1, 4-1) – vs. Penn State, @ Iowa, vs. Michigan
#13 Iowa (7-3, 4-2) – LOSS Northwestern, vs. Ohio State, @ Minnesota
The tiebreaker system in the Big Ten proceeds based on a) head-to-head record, b) overall winning percentage, and then c) BCS ranking. This means that the Buckeyes should be in a good position to make the Rose Bowl again this season with wins the rest of the way.
“Football Friday Preview: Buckeyes vs. Nittany Lions” [Matt Barker/Buckeye Banter]
“Preview: Penn State at #9 Ohio State” [Chris/Eleven Warriors]
“Five Things to Watch For: Nittany Lion Edition” [Dave Thurman/The Silver Bullet]
“Know your enemy: Penn State edition” [Jay/The Buckeye Battle Cry]
Photo via AP Photo/Tom Olmscheid