But teams ranked No. 2 in the country with aspirations of playing for the national championship do not expect to lose by four touchdowns to a team that lost to Eastern Michigan.
How the mighty have fallen this week in college football after the Ohio State Buckeyes were not only upset, but were dominated offensively by the Purdue Boilermakers, who cruised to a 49-20 victory on Saturday night. The first playoff rankings will come at the end of the month, but the Buckeyes will be sitting on this loss when those rankings make their debut, so they will not have a chance to redeem themselves in front of the watchful eyes of the selection committee. Until today, the Big Ten's best chance to get two teams in would have been MI winning out and winning the Big Ten.
Purdue kept Ohio State off the board altogether twice, once forcing a 33-yard field goal that missed and once holding on a fourth down at the 2.
Now? It boils down to one or the other on November 24 - assuming, of course, neither stumbles again before then.
It paid off against Ohio State.
"We came in with an aggressive plan, an aggressive approach", Jeff Brohm said. "The glaring shortcomings we had were exposed".
Ohio State's Paris Campbell Jr. heads up field as Purduecornerback Simeon Smiley closes in for the tackle at Ross-Ade Stadium on the campus of Purdue University Saturday. After all, the lone loss by this team past year was a 55-20 loss to Iowa.
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Ohio State's Chase Young (left) and Buckeye Baron Browning get pressure in the backfield on Purdue running back Markell Jones (8) in the first quarter at Ross-Ade Stadium on the campus of Purdue University Saturday. To this point, Ohio State has avoided such a fate as it's outscored IN and Minnesota 79-40 the last two weeks.
Ohio State was in the red zone five times against three-loss Purdue and came away with two field goals, and the Buckeyes' defense has allowed 35 plays of 25-plus yards this season - already five more than all of a year ago. Blough threw for 378 yards on 25-of-43 passing. "We're going to work our you-know-whats off to get it right", he said. "We have to get something going".
Nearly one year ago, Ohio State faced an important conference road contest when it went to Iowa City to face the three-touchdown underdog Hawkeyes, looking for its eighth win of the season and to keep its playoff hopes alive.
Ohio State has a neutral-site nonconference win against TCU and a road win at Penn State, and it could further impress the committee with a win at Michigan State on November 10 and a home win over rival Michigan on November 24, plus the Big Ten title game.
The bye week comes at a good time for the defending Big Ten champs, which still have road games at Michigan State and Maryland before their annual clash with Michigan on November 24. This will be its first time on the road since beating Penn State and in two road games this season, we've seen the Buckeyes have a hard time, even if they managed to win. Purdue also took advantage of a roughing the kicker penalty, which turned into a one-yard D.J. Knox touchdown run that made the score 21-6. Notre Dame was off on Saturday and Alabama blew out Tennessee.
Purdue quickly drove deep into Ohio State territory in the final minute of the second quarter.