Gould Headshot squareThere are lots of ways to spin the implications of Ohio State’s prospects for being able to win the national championship in light of its upset loss at Penn State.

One conclustion is that it is “inconsequential,’’ the word ESPN analyst Danny Kanell used. That’s a word that made me sit up straight when I was catching up on college football after the Cubs had gone where no other Cub team had gone for 71 years.

I would argue that “inconsequential’’ is not the best choice of word.

I agree that Ohio State can still win the national championship by the most logical scenario: The Buckeyes win out, defeating an unbeaten Michigan in their regular-season finale on Nov. 26.

But Penn State’s stellar win brought lots of consequences. The rest of this article is available to subscribers only – to become a subscriber click here.