Ohio State wakes up this morning having lost its first game of the season. Does the loss mean anything, though?
Ohio State, which fell to Penn State in State College, Pa. Saturday night, will surely fall in the top 25 polls that come out later today. The Buckeyes (6-1) were ranked No. 2 coming into the game; they'll probably fall to the No. 8 to No. 10 range.
Obviously, Urban Meyer's team didn't want to lose to Penn State, but does the loss affect any of the Buckeyes' goals going forward?
Ohio State (pretty much) still controls its own destiny. Unless Michigan loses before it plays Ohio State, and Penn State wins out, the Buckeyes will reach the Big Ten Championship Game by winning the remainder of their games. At 11-1, a victory in that game will guarantee (yes, guarantee) a spot in the College Football Playoff.
There is a zero percent chance a 12-1, Big Ten champion Ohio State team gets left out of the playoff. Zero.
The only thing that might change, as far as the CFB Playoff is concerned, is that the loss makes it more likely Ohio State will have to play Alabama in the semifinals instead of the title game. That's worked out pretty well for Meyer and Co. before, though.
So don't panic or anything, Buckeye Nation. Everything this team wants to accomplish can still be accomplished.
Ohio State is set to host Northwestern next Saturday.