Ohio State is capitalizing on the cushy, confidence-building part of the schedule, while the teams around it (TCU, Georgia) are beating ranked opponents.
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Falcons lead the way on special teams
Air Force thrived in the third phase during Saturday's monsoon, but it wasn't enough to get the win. That was a common story in Week 4, as only Ohio State won among the top four teams in special-teams efficiency.
Saturday's fantastic Penn State-Iowa clash did little to shake up the Big Ten power rankings but did prove both teams are worthy of their spots.
Jarrett Stidham leads the way among QBs
Stidham threw only 17 passes in Saturday's win, but he averaged nearly 13 yards per attempt in a 37-point victory. J.T. Barrett was close behind, with K.J. Costello and Brandon Wimbush rounding out the top four in QBR from Week 4.
Seth Walder ESPN Analytics
After beating up Vanderbilt 59-0, Alabama has not only moved up to the No. 1 spot in FPI but it also has a 2.2-point edge over No. 2 team Ohio State. Though the Buckeyes and Sooners also won yesterday, neither were as impressive as the Crimson Tide.
J.T. Barrett threw touchdown passes to five different receivers in the first half, and No. 10 Ohio State cruised to a 54-21 win over Nevada-Las Vegas on Saturday.
Adam Rittenberg ESPN Staff Writer
Ohio State is in the cushy, confidence-boosting portion of its schedule, and it has capitalized today. Building consistency in the passing game continues to be the top priority, and the Buckeyes have received big days from QBs J.T. Barrett (209 pass yards, 5 TDs) and Dwayne Haskins (133 pass yards 2 TDs). Best of all, seven different players have touchdown receptions.
Will Reeve ESPN
Practicing with the Best Damn Band in the Land drummers yesterday. Game day today. Rhythm nowhere to be found.
With freshman J.K. Dobbins off to a huge start and 2016's top B1G frosh, Mike Weber, nearly healthy, Ohio State could field a two-headed RB monster.
Penn State will be challenged at night at Iowa, Michigan gets a road test from a surprising upstart, and Michigan State hosts a traditional rival.
The Raiders' rookie cornerback will likely face off against Terrelle Pryor -- the one-time Oakland and Ohio State QB who has remade himself into a WR.
Dan Murphy ESPN Staff Writer
Ohio State's Urban Meyer says he doesn't think he's ever had two backs like JK Dobbins and Mike Weber to use at the same time. Eventually the Buckeyes would like to put both of them on the field at the same time.
Ohio State is asking a judge to throw out a lawsuit by one of its most famous football stars, who alleges the university used ex-athletes' photos without permission and denied them of compensation.
Ryan McGee, Chris Low and Jake Trotter debate how much of the SEC is actually on the hot seat, discuss frustrations coming out of Big Ten country, rivalry calendars and more.
Oklahoma exposed plenty of Ohio State's weaknesses, but the Buckeyes have been in this position before. They need to avoid any sort of complacency to make up ground.