OSU-Penn State: Happy Valley Not So Happy After Loss

Ryan MooreCorrespondent IOctober 29, 2007

Icon Sports MediaAs I said in my pregame article, this was a "put up or shut up" game for the Nittany Lions.

I also stated it was a chance for the Buckeyes to prove to the college football world that they deserve the No. 1 ranking in the polls.

According to my statements, PSU gets "shut up," and OSU did indeed prove that they deserve the No. 1 spot.

The Buckeyes went into the most hostile environment in the country on Saturday and pounded Big Ten rival Penn State on their home field, winning by the score of 37-17.

Anthony Morelli did not step up, and he's a big reason his team lost on Saturday night.

One of my keys to the game was Morelli's playing big. Well he didn't—by throwing an INT with no TDs, and and making terrible decisions all game long.

The Penn State defense played well. Connor had a career-high 18 tackles plus an INT, and Lee had 13 tackles. The offense gave the Buckeyes great field position by punting and turning the ball over, which put Penn State against the wall defensively all night.

I have to give it to the Ohio State Buckeyes, though. They're now my favorite to win the National Championship in January.

There are some other teams that will give them a run for their money, but this will be the year that OSU gets their national title because.

I don't think there's a more solid team out there. LSU is a close second.

Back to Penn State—this isn't the end of their season. Even though their Big Ten title hopes are gone, they are still going bowling.

If the Nittany Lions win out, which they should, they will be in one of the top non-BCS bowl games like the Outback Bowl (PSU played Tennessee in this one last season), Holiday Bowl, or Capital One Bowl.

The Lions have 3 games left:

vs. Purdue

@ Temple

@ Michigan State

If Penn State picks their heads up and still has enough determination to play their best football, they will finish 9-3 and go to a New Year's Day bowl.