Recap Week 9 Ohio State: Still unbalanced, but victorious over Penn State

Ohio State (9-0) defeats Penn State (5-3), 35-23 at Beaver Stadium.

(From the Associated Press).  Ryan Shazier returned an interception 17 yards for a score early in the third quarter that gave the Buckeyes (9-0, 5-0 Big Ten) the lead for good, and the Nittany Lions (5-3, 3-1) and coach Bill O’Brien had their five-game winning streak snapped in a matchup of the Big Ten’s bowl-banned perennial powers.

The Buckeyes are now 9-0, and unranked, of course, thanks to the penalties that prevent them from participating in the post-season.  I’m curious as to where they would be ranked at this point considering they only have one win against a currently ranked team (#20 Nebraska).

The offense remains unbalanced with a rushing game that has been a key to their success, ranked 10th in the nation, while their passing game is ranked just 102nd.

On the defensive side of the ball, their have fared similarly with an unbalanced attack that has their rushing defense ranked 20th, while their passing defense is ranked 107th.

Once again, Quarterback Braxton Miller accounted for the majority of offense as the top rusher on the team (25 carries for 134 yards and 2 touchdowns).