Remember when unranked Virginia Tech came into the Horseshoe in week 2 of the 2014 college football season and handed No. 8 Ohio State a 25-21 loss? All Ohio State did was win their next 13 games, including the Big Ten Championship, a College Football Playoff semi-final game over No. 1 Alabama, and the first ever College Football Playoff National Championship.
Yes, the road to the playoffs got a little bit tougher for the Buckeyes on Saturday. But Ohio State is a perfect example of how an early-season loss isn't a deal-breaker.
Oklahoma is a really good team and the loss to the No. 5 Sooners at home looks a lot better on paper than the 2014 loss to unranked Virginia Tech did. Oklahoma has set itself up in great shape to make the playoff, a place they could definitely see the Buckeyes later this season.
To get there Ohio State certainly has its work cut out. The Buckeyes still have some really tough games on their schedule — like a home clash with Penn State and a road battle with Michigan to close the regular season.
In all likelihood, Ohio State has to run the table and win the Big Ten Championship if the Buckeyes want a return to the College Football Playoff. But as we've laid out, that would be nothing new for Ohio State.
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