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No. 13 Ohio State on a tear, but must get past Penn State, Illinois before showdown at MSU

Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer instructs his team against Rutgers during the second quarter of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014, in Columbus, Ohio. Ohio State won 56-17. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete)

Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer instructs his team against Rutgers during the second quarter of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014, in Columbus, Ohio. Ohio State won 56-17. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete)  (The Associated Press)

Urban Meyer says looking past an opponent is always a concern when a good team is playing a bad one.

The Ohio State coach says that doesn't apply this week since his team is hitting the road to play a solid Penn State squad before a huge, partisan crowd.

The Nittany Lions (4-2, 1-2 Big Ten) aren't having a vintage year but the numbers suggest they're capable of springing a surprise. Coming off a bye week, with the nation's best defense against the run and quarterback Christian Hackenberg, they'll be a stout opponent.

The 13th-ranked Buckeyes (5-1, 2-0) have won their last four games by an average score of 56-17. They're trying not to think ahead to a Nov. 8 showdown with No. 8 Michigan State.