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Ohio State quarterback Justin Fields drops back to pass against Nebraska during the second half of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Oct. 24, 2020, in Columbus, Ohio. Ohio State defeated Nebraska 52-17. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete)

Fields, No. 3 Ohio State expect No. 18 Penn State's best

Oct. 30, 2020 3:20 PM EDT

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) — Justin Fields looked eager to make up for lost time during Ohio State's season-opening blowout of Nebraska, operating the Buckeyes' offense with such efficiency pollsters vaulted his team to No. 3 in the polls after four quarters of nearly flawless football. Throwing 20...

FILE - In this Oct. 25, 2020, file photo, Detroit Lions linebacker Jamie Collins signals touchdown as Atlanta Falcons running back Todd Gurley tries to stop short of the end zone to control the final minutes of the clock in the fourth quarter of an NFL football game in Atlanta. Against a conceding opponent, whose only hope was to take advantage of a ballcarrier's natural inclination to find the end zone, Penn State and the Falcons inadvertently took the bait and ended up losing games they pretty much had wrapped up. (Curtis Compton/Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP, File)

Do Not Score! How to avoid touchdowns defenses celebrate

Oct. 30, 2020 2:52 AM EDT

When the defense is celebrating having allowed a touchdown, something has most definitely gone wrong for the offense. In two games last weekend, one college and one pro, the team with the ball scored when it was the last thing it wanted to do. Against a conceding opponent, whose only hope was to take advantage of...

Penn State's Shaka Toney leaves the field after Indiana defeated Penn State in overtime of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Oct. 24, 2020, in Bloomington, Ind.  (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)

Week 9: Ohio State faces its biggest test; Florida returns

Oct. 30, 2020 2:07 AM EDT

The potential Big Ten game of the year lost some luster last week. No. 18 Penn State was upset by Indiana so instead of returning to Happy Valley to host No. 3 Ohio State with an unbeaten record, the Nittany Lions are trying to avoid going 0-2 for the first time since 2013. No Big Ten team has tested Ohio State...

Penn State head coach James Franklin watches during the second half of an NCAA college football game against Indiana, Saturday, Oct. 24, 2020, in Bloomington, Ind. Indiana won 36-35 in overtime. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)

Penn State's goal: Trying to stop Fields from having a day

Oct. 29, 2020 5:24 PM EDT

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) — Penn State defensive tackle Antonio Shelton saw something new this week as he watched recent film of Ohio State quarterback Justin Fields. It’s an attribute that could make it even tougher for the 18th-ranked Nittany Lions to contain one of the country’s most mobile...

Indiana quarterback Michael Penix Jr. (9) throws during the second half of an NCAA college football game against Penn State, Saturday, Oct. 24, 2020, in Bloomington, Ind. Indiana won 36-35 in overtime. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)

After stunning Penn State, No. 17 Indiana faces Rutgers

Oct. 29, 2020 4:54 PM EDT

No. 17 Indiana (1-0. 1-0 Big Ten) at Rutgers (1-0, 1-0), Saturday at 3:30 p.m. ET (BTN). Line: Indiana by 10. Series record: Indiana leads 4-2. WHAT’S AT STAKE? After posting its first win over a top-10 team in 33 years, Indiana certainly doesn't want to lay an egg. It has beaten the Scarlet Knights four...

Indiana players celebrate after defeating Penn State in overtime of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Oct. 24, 2020, in Bloomington, Ind. Indiana won 36-35 in overtime. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)

Opening weekend surprises creates different look for Big Ten

Oct. 29, 2020 3:52 PM EDT

The first weekend of Big Ten football was full of surprises. Indiana upset a top-10 foe for the first time in 33 years. Rutgers snapped a 21-game conference skid. Northwestern and Purdue moved to the top of the West Division while Penn State and Michigan State find themselves already facing must-win games to keep...

Ohio State quarterback Justin Fields throws a pass against Nebraska during the first half of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Oct. 24, 2020, in Columbus, Ohio. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete)

No. 3 Buckeyes look to keep rolling at No. 18 Penn State

Oct. 29, 2020 2:03 AM EDT

Here are things to watch during the second week of play in the Big Ten Conference: GAME OF THE WEEK No. 3 Ohio State at No. 18 Penn State. The Buckeyes are coming off a 35-point win over Nebraska and are a double-digit road favorite against the Nittany Lions. Justin Fields, superb in his season debut, can...

Penn State's Shaka Toney leaves the field after Indiana defeated Penn State in overtime of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Oct. 24, 2020, in Bloomington, Ind.  (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)

No. 18 Penn State eyeing fixes as No. 3 Ohio State looms

Oct. 28, 2020 2:53 PM EDT

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) — Penn State expected some early growing pains after installing a mostly new offense in a socially distanced offseason. The Nittany Lions never thought they’d translate into so many mistakes and an overtime loss to an unranked opponent. Yet there they were, trudging off the...

Penn State running back Noah Cain (21) rushes against Michigan State's Jacub Pansiuk, left, during the first quarter of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Oct. 26, 2019, in East Lansing, Mich. Penn State running back Noah Cain will miss the rest of the season with an injury, another blow to the the 18th-ranked Nittany Lions' backfield as they prepare to face No. 3 Ohio State.  Penn State coach James Franklin declined to give specifics of Cain’s injury, but the sophomore left Saturday's, Oct. 24, 2020, overtime loss to Indiana early and reportedly was seen on the sideline later with a walking boot on his left leg. (AP Photo/Al Goldis)

Penn State RB Cain out for the season with injury

Oct. 27, 2020 3:03 PM EDT

Penn State running back Noah Cain will miss the rest of the season with an injury, another blow to the 18th-ranked Nittany Lions' backfield as they prepare to face No. 3 Ohio State. Penn State coach James Franklin declined to give specifics of Cain’s injury, but the sophomore left Saturday's overtime loss...

Ohio State head coach Ryan Day, left, talk with quarterback Justin Fields during the second half of their NCAA college football game against Nebraska Saturday, Oct. 24, 2020, in Columbus, Ohio. Ohio State defeated Nebraska 52-17. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete)

AP Top 25 Takeaways: Heisman race begins as Fields enters

Oct. 25, 2020 10:00 AM EDT

Now that Justin Fields has arrived, the Heisman Trophy race can begin. Though the front-runner might not be the quarterback you think. Fields made up some ground Saturday with a spectacular season debut for No. 5 Ohio State against Nebraska. He went 20 for 21 for 276 yards and a couple of touchdowns. His only...