Open Thread: #9 Ohio State vs. Penn State

#9 Ohio State Buckeyes (8-1, 4-1 Big Ten) vs.
Penn State Nittany Lions (6-3, 3-2 Big Ten)
Ohio Stadium, Columbus, OH
ESPN/ABC Regional, WKNR 850 AM, 3:30 p.m. EST

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.

Preview Links:
“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

  • Lyon

    Just heard Pryor announced he’d come back next year. Good decision for him. He still has a lot of room for improvement and of course the Bucks will be highly ranked again w/ him back there.

    Let’s keep rolling Bucks.

  • Lyon

    Our D has once again not shown up in a big game…. unacceptable.

    this is hard to watch when every receiver is open and there are huge running lanes for PSU. and of course our offense sputters every drive

  • Mike_964boo

    What a turnaround

  • Christopher

    Pryor needs to buy Herron and the secondary a steak dinner for this one. Pryor seems to have caught his mentor’s “no show for big game” mentality.

    TPeezy will lucky to be a 3rd/4th round pick.

    Bring on the Frosh!!

  • brownsfan019

    What a turnaround. Well done Tressel at half-time getting the team in gear.

    Cue Tressel haters to say what a bad job his team did in the first half and ignore the dominance in the 2nd half.

  • brownsfan019

    @4 – I agree, TP is not an NFL caliber QB – at least in his current form. He looks uncomfortable throwing first and some of his throws are just bad. That INT was thrown so incredibly late and then it was floated out there. He didn’t trust his WR to run the proper route and waited to see him open before throwing.

    TP is a great QB @ OSU, but I wouldn’t touch him in the NFL draft.

  • BuckeyeDawg

    If I were Pryor, I would spend some time this offseason learning how to run routes and block. His future in the NFL is at WR or TE.

  • Believelander

    Terrelle Pryor will be a quarterback in the National Football League.

    Also, great win by the Buckeyes. Especially because they managed to cover the point spread that I bet on. I can’t wait to see Pryor’s body of work next season; if he continues to improve his quarterbacking, he could become a highly lucrative mid-round draft pick.

  • oribiasi

    TP will be a QB but I don’t see him as much better than Vince Young or dare I say Jason Campbell. He is a runner at heart and that just doesn’t do much for you in the NFL. Everyone is faster, stronger and smarter. On a personal note, I hope he stays one more year and wins a title for tOSU.

  • Christopher

    @8 Seneca Wallace is also a QB in the NFL.

    /case closed.

    Kudos to the secondary an Boom for keeping us in this one. It was also great to see the cover team coming up big for a change. The return team needs to be addressed quickly for any hopes of a title next year.