In the Big Ten, Michigan-Ohio State is the Big Game, the annual season-ender between the descendants of Bo and Woody.

So let’s just call this week’s meeting between Penn State and Ohio State the Bigger Game.

Because, for all that Penn State has accomplished in rising to No. 2 in the nation behind Alabama, it needs to win in Columbus—or face the likely prospect that the Buckeyes will be the Big Ten’s entry in the College Football Playoff. (Again.)

It doesn’t get any bigger than that.

And now. . .


OK. I’m convinced. Nittany Lions, after showing some flaws while getting past Iowa and Northwestern, put it all together in dismantling Michigan 42-13. Winner, winner, chicken dinner.

1, Penn State (3 last week): No time to bask in the glow of resounding statement win over Wolverines before biggest crowd in Beaver Stadium history (110,823). This week’s trip to the Horseshoe will require an exclamation point.

2, Ohio State (1): Had a bye to rest up and get ready for Penn State. They probably didn’t sleep all that well Saturday night, though. The rest of this article is available to subscribers only – to become a subscriber click here.