This is why the Big 12 isn't done yet. And even before All-American defensive end Nick Bosa announced earlier this week that he will not return to school to rehab an injury and prepare for the National Football League draft, the defense gave up a ton of big plays.
It's why the 13 members of the College Football Playoff selection committee don't release their first ranking until October 30, because the story is just beginning to unfold, and one upset can cause a ripple effect throughout the entire cast of contenders.
Ohio State and Purdue switched places on Saturday. Navy will play Notre Dame in San Diego next week, and that is followed by road games in conference play against Cincinnati and UCF. Until today, the Big Ten's best chance to get two teams in would have been MI winning out and winning the Big Ten.
It's understandable for Ohio State's coaches and players to be frustrated.
Now? It boils down to one or the other on November 24 - assuming, of course, neither stumbles again before then.
Boilermakers: "This win means a lot for this team because it shows everyone around the country that you can win football games at Purdue", Brohm said. "There are some serious shortcomings right now that we have to get fixed".
Kasim Hill was 6 of 15 passing for 47 yards and a pick for the Terps (4-3, 2-2), who ran for just 68 yards after entering play averaging 245 a game on the ground.
Ohio State was put out of its misery when, on a third-and-nine in the fourth quarter, Knox took a handoff and ran up the middle untouched for a 42-yard touchdown.
On the same day Ohio State lost, Oklahoma beat TCU 52-27, and the committee compares common opponents.
Blough went 25 of 43 with 378 yards and sealed the victory with a 43-yard pass to Rondale Moore with 3:37 to play. "I think we had opportunities to get right back in it". "And we're going to enjoy the game and roll the dice and see what happens".
Both Ohio State and MI should finish with a better schedule strength than Oklahoma, though the Sooners still have a chance to beat a ranked West Virginia team on the road and possibly avenge the regular-season loss to Texas by beating the Longhorns in the Big 12 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. The SEC West matchup between Mississippi State and LSU (7-10:15 p.m., ESPN) rated a 1.7 overnight, a 70% increase from LSU-Ole Miss from a year ago.
Numbers don't tell the story of what that Boilermaker defense did Saturday night or how far it's come since an 0-3 start to this season. He set Ohio State records with 49 completions for 470 yards, with two touchdowns and one interception. But unlike the rest of the season, Ohio State was not able to overcome those flaws on Saturday night.