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COLUMBUS, Ohio – Every Sunday night after a win, Ohio State's players and coaches get to enjoy a sumptuous buffet of steak, lobster or shrimp.
After a 35-21 loss at home to Virginia Tech, this week they were fed spaghetti and mashed potatoes.
A lot has changed for the Buckeyes — beyond the cuisine — since suffering their first defeat in a home opener in 36 years and having a 25-game regular-season winning streak ended by the Hokies before an Ohio Stadium-record 107,517 fans.
The Buckeyes plummeted 14 spots to No. 22 in the latest AP Top 25 and head into a home game on Saturday with Kent State hoping to regain a degree of equilibrium since being thoroughly outplayed on both sides of the ball and on special teams.