As the only game between ranked opponents in week 13 of the college football regular season, the battle between No. 2 and No. 8 would have stood out no matter who was playing. The fact that it featured Ohio State and Penn State, two teams with conference and FSB championship aspirations made it must-see football and it did not disappoint. Having played a relatively light schedule through the season, the No. 2 Buckeyes were finally given the opportunity to quiet their critics. Featuring the top-ranked scoring offense, averaging 49.4 points per game, and the top-ranked scoring defense, holding opponents to 10.4 points per game, Ohio State would finally get the chance to test themselves against a top-10 team.