Tulane is the only team to win its next game against a Football Bowl Subdivision team after playing Ohio State this season.
Following Purdue's 23-13 loss to Michigan State on Saturday afternoon, Ohio State's opponents this season are now just 1-7 in their next games against FBS teams after playing the Buckeyes.
It's been said that playing Ohio State is "every team's Super Bowl," and that mantra has proved true this season. While Purdue is the only team that's beaten Ohio State this year, the Buckeyes have also gotten tough games from TCU, Penn State, Indiana and Minnesota. All of those teams, however, have proceeded to suffer losses – some by substantial margins – in their next games.
A look at how each team has fared after playing the Buckeyes:
|Team||Next FBS Game|
|OREGON STATE||LOSS AT NEVADA, 35-37|
|RUTGERS||LOSS AT KANSAS, 14-55|
|TCU||LOSS AT TEXAS, 16-31|
|TULANE||WIN VS. MEMPHIS, 40-24|
|PENN STATE||LOSS VS. MICHIGAN STATE, 21-17|
|INDIANA||LOSS VS. IOWA, 42-16|
|MINNESOTA||LOSS AT NEBRASKA, 53-28|
|PURDUE||LOSS AT MICHIGAN STATE, 23-13|
Oregon State did win its next game after playing Ohio State, but it came against a Football Championship Subdivision team (Southern Utah), and it hasn't won another game since. (Update: The Beavers finally beat an FBS team for the first time since 2016 on Saturday, coming back from a 31-3 deficit to beat Colorado in overtime, 41-34.)
After scoring six offensive touchdowns on 539 yards against Ohio State, Purdue scored just one touchdown on 339 yards against the Spartans on Saturday. Purdue coach Jeff Brohm acknowledged on this week's Big Ten teleconference that he was concerned about a letdown after his team's 49-20 upset win over the Buckeyes.
"Playing against Michigan State at their place, it’s going to be a tremendous challenge," Brohm said Tuesday. "It’s the challenge also of getting back from the last game that we played, which is always extremely difficult. So we’ve got to make sure we do all the things necessary this week in preparation in order to give ourselves a chance."
In other action in the Big Ten West on Saturday, Northwestern earned a 31-17 win over Wisconsin, giving the Wildcats a one-game lead over Wisconsin, Purdue and Iowa – who lost 30-24 to Penn State on Saturday – in the division standings. With wins over Wisconsin and Purdue, Northwestern also has tiebreakers over those two teams; the Wildcats play at Iowa on Nov. 10.