The words Ohio State and style points have become synonymous with each other as of late, and not in the good way, but all of that may have changed on Saturday night as Ohio State trounced Penn State, 63-14.
Nationally, the narrative was that the Buckeyes needed a dominating win to prove they belonged in the conversation with the likes of Alabama, Oregon and Florida State at the top of the BCS rankings.
After a narrow win at home versus Wisconsin, the style points were lacking.
The next week Ohio State won by 10 at Northwestern, and once again, the style points were lacking.
Iowa came to town last week, and again the Buckeyes were tested and passed said test, but it wasn’t impressive enough.
Sensing a theme for the 2013 Buckeyes season, yet?
Well, consider that talk over as of Saturday night.
The question now is whether or not a performance like this will be enough to make a difference in the polls?
Ohio State trails by a good margin in both the human and computer polls part of the BCS formula. So much so that it needed all the style points it could get the rest of the way.
Just when it needed it the most, Ohio State not only got great performances out of the usual subjects of Braxton Miller and Carlos Hyde, but the Buckeyes defense also made an appearance.
Besides only giving up 14 points, Ohio State’s defense recorded four sacks, forced three turnovers and allowed Penn State to average just 3.0 yards per run and pass in the…