Joshua Perry was a linebacker who played at Ohio State from 2012-15. He got drafted in the fourth round of the 2016 NFL Draft.
Since his playing days have passed, he joined BTN as a college football analyst. He watches the Big Ten as much as anybody. That’s his job.
On Saturday, he saw Indiana — who is ranked in the AP top 25 but not the College Football Playoff top 25 — take on No. 8 Penn State. The Hoosiers lost 34-27 on the road.
To call any loss a good one is odd. But, losing at Penn state by a touchdown certainly isn’t terrible. Based on the way Indiana played, some believe the Hoosiers proved themselves as being worthy of a top 25 ranking.
Call Perry a believer:
Even after a loss, Indiana should be in the CFP Top 25! They’ve had two of its three losses come to Top 10 teams, including that close game with PSU yesterday. @IndianaFootball isn’t getting the respect they deserve. Their game vs Michigan Saturday should be a good one. https://t.co/OMOsgnl2rn
— Joshua E Perry (@RIP_JEP) November 17, 2019
Does it make sense to lose and then vault up into the rankings? Imagine a terrible team taking on a really good team and only losing by a touchdown. Would you think worse of the terrible team just because it lost?
Probably not. You’d probably think more of it for coming so close to pulling a ridiculous upset, right?
Do you agree with Perry’s logic?