Jesse Palmer Makes Case For Clemson Over Ohio State At No. 3 (

In yesterday’s top ten showdown between the Ohio State Buckeyes and the Indiana Hoosiers, the No. 3 ranked Buckeyes escaped upset over the No. 9 ranked Hoosiers by a score of 42-35. A 20 point favorite heading into the game, Ohio State had a three-touchdown lead heading into the fourth quarter before Indiana closed the gap.

Heisman-trophy contending quarterback

did not play well in the win for the Buckeyes, completing 18 of 30 passes for 300 yards with two touchdowns and three interceptions. He also rushed 15 times for 78 yards with one touchdown.

During yesterday’s edition of College Football Final, ESPN college football analysts Jesse Palmer made the case for Clemson over Ohio State when the new top 25 rankings come out.

“The big change for me is going to be Ohio State,” Palmer said. “Last week, I had them No. 3 and I’m moving them down to No. 4. From what I’ve seen through four games, I don’t think they’re as talented a team as they were a year ago. And that’s okay because, if they win out, they’re going to get into the College Football Playoff. I’m worried about the secondary. They’re giving up way too many plays in the passing game, 491 passing yards against Indiana. They don’t have (Jeff) Okudah in at corner like they did a year ago, two first-round picks. The three teams I have ahead of Ohio State right now are more complete, at this point. No. 3, I’m going with Clemson. They have the loss at Notre Dame. Notre Dame is my No. 2 team. Clemson was banged up in that one. When they’re healthy and they get Trevor Lawrence back and they get all of the big playmakers on defense, this is one of the best teams in the country.”

Clemson’s game vs. Florida State was postponed yesterday due to a Clemson player testing positive for COVID-19. The Tigers are back in action this Saturday at home vs. Pittsburgh.

After the Buckeyes’ narrow win, former Ohio State coach Urban Meyer said that the Buckeyes showed they were a balanced team, but the struggles of quarterback

stuck out to him.

“A very, very balanced Ohio State offense, which you just said,” Meyer said on the FOX Sports broadcast after the game. “However, unbelievable three interceptions by

. The first one was the worst one I’ve seen the player make. I haven’t seen — he wasn’t pressured, it was a four-vertical pass, he stared down. Very uncharacteristic of him. The second one, he was getting pressure and just (needs) to eat the ball. You don’t throw the ball away.

“I’ve had quarterbacks that start to feel the pressure of the world falling upon them. ‘I have to win the Heisman, I have to do this, I have to do this.’ I haven’t seen him make those throws and I’m sure Coach Day, Coach Dennis will work on that this week.”

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For Indiana, quarterback Michael Penix Jr. completed 27 of 51 passes for 491 yards with five touchdowns and one interception in the hard-fought loss. Wide receiver Ty Fryfogle caught seven passes for 218 yards with three touchdowns.

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