If there is one thing we learned in the aftermath of Penn State’s upset over Ohio State, it is that the Buckeyes could afford a loss.
Ohio State continues to receive respect from pollsters and still appears more than capable of reaching the College Football Playoff. That was confirmed once again in CBS Sports’ Tom Fornelli’s updated top-50 rankings, otherwise known as the Fornelli 50.
Fornelli ranks Ohio State at No. 5 in the latest installment, three spots behind Michigan (No. 2).
“I’m not exactly worried for Ohio State because of this loss,” Fornelli writes.
Aside from special teams, Fornelli states that the Buckeyes played a lot better than Penn State in their loss and that their only worry should be that they may be relying too heavily on quarterback J.T. Barrett.
“J.T. Barrett is a good football player. In fact, he’s one of the best quarterbacks in the country. There are times when I’m watching Ohio State, however, when I feel like the Buckeyes are putting way too much of the responsibility on Barrett’s shoulders. Saturday night was one such occasion.”
Nebraska (No. 7), Wisconsin (No. 20), Penn State (No. 28) and Iowa (No. 37) also appear in these rankings.