WEST LAFAYETTE, IN – OCTOBER 20: Rondale Moore #4 of the Purdue Boilermakers runs the ball and tries to fight off Jahsen Wint #23 of the Ohio State Buckeyes at Ross-Ade Stadium on October 20, 2018 in West Lafayette, Indiana. (Photo by Michael Hickey/Getty Images)Saturday, one week after scoring 49 points on Big Ten heavyweight Ohio State, Purdue struggled to move the ball against Michigan State. The Boilermakers managed just one touchdown in the affair, and lost 23-13. They looked like a far different team than they did a week ago.The result was somewhat predictable – middle-of-the-pack teams that take down national title contenders often have a tough time maintaining that momentum the next week. But Purdue’s loss was another reason for Ohio State fans to roll their eyes. They’ve seen this before – pretty much all season.In fact, seven of the eight teams that played Ohio State this season have gone on to lose to their next FBS opponent.Eleven Warriors has the data. The only team to win its next game against an FBS team was Tulane. Even Penn State lost – to Michigan State.Following Purdue’s loss on Saturday, Ohio State’s opponents this season are now 1-7 in their next games against Football Bowl Subdivision teams after playing the Buckeyes. https://t.co/3TrWkc3nd3— Eleven Warriors (@11W) October 27, 2018Last year, Iowa, in similar fashion, shocked Ohio State mid-season. The Hawkeyes were then blown out by Wisconsin a week later.To be clear, none of this is shocking. Teams get up to play the Ohio States of the world. But it’s still some strong data.After a bye week, Ohio State gets Nebraska next Saturday. The Buckeyes will be heavy favorites.
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