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Ohio State's Losses Are Penn State's Ruins

Michael WalshContributor IOctober 22, 2008

In two short days, the No. 3 Penn State Nittany Lions will travel to Columbus to face off against the No. 9 Ohio State Buckeyes.

The Nittany Lions are 0-7 at The Horseshoe since joining the Big Ten.

In fact, since 1993 the OSU defense has scored more defensive touchdowns (seven) than PSU's offense (five).

Coming out of Columbus with a win on Saturday night may finally prove to the nation that this PSU team is indeed for real.

But it may all be for naught, because Penn State is No. 3 in the BCS standings behind an undefeated Texas and Alabama.

Penn State may finish 12-0 with tough road wins at Wisconsin, Ohio State, and Iowa. If Texas and Alabama finish undefeated, PSU will be rewarded with a bid to the Rose Bowl.

Who is to blame if Joe Paterno is left out of a National Title game again? Is it the voters? Is it Penn State's lackluster out-of-conference schedule? Is it the weaker teams in the Big Ten?

Those choices are all viable options, but perhaps the biggest blame can be placed on the Ohio State Buckeyes.

Ohio State was 12-0 in 2006 when they were crushed by Florida in the 2007 BCS Championship, 41-14.

A year later, an 11-1 team faced off against a two-loss LSU team.

Different SEC team, same result.

Ohio State was no contest for LSU, as the Tigers won their second BCS Championship in five years.

The Buckeyes' inability to provide any type of competition for the SEC teams has caused the nation to look at the Big Ten in a negative light.

Pollsters will certainly hold Penn State in a negative light because of Ohio State.

Of course, it could all be for nothing if Ohio State wins on Saturday.

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