J.T. Barrett is the most nitpicked, parsed, questioned and doubted quarterback in college football. No one else comes close. Even as he racked up yards and touchdowns in bunches in the wake of Ohio State’s earlier loss to Oklahoma, Barrett’s clear growth was dismissed with a comment: Well, look at who he’s played.

All of the questions about Barrett — and every single inch of the doubt — should disappear after his for-the-ages performance in the Buckeyes’ comeback win against Penn State, a 39-38 thriller sealed by his late touchdown pass in the fourth quarter. Is Barrett any good? No, he’s great.

Ohio State is the biggest winner of the weekend, with that win giving it the inside track to a Big Ten East Division title and a College Football Playoff berth. The victory offsets that setback to Oklahoma and sets the Buckeyes up to soar in this week’s debut Playoff rankings, to be released Tuesday night.

But Barrett is a huge winner in his own right. Barring a meltdown in November, which seems extremely unlikely, he’s punched his ticket to Manhattan for the Heisman Trophy ceremony and secured his place in Ohio State history.

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Let the numbers tell the story. He completed 33 of his 39 attempts, with several drops, for 328 yards and four touchdowns without an interception. For the year, Barrett has tossed 25 touchdowns against just one turnover. He added 95 yards on 17 carries on the ground, outplaying even Penn State’s great running back, Saquon Barkley, who made his typical impact yet finished with only 44 yards on 21 carries.

Then there’s the fourth quarter. Barrett was perfect — a word too often overused but in this case the right descriptor. Thirteen attempts. Thirteen completions. In total, 170 yards and three scores in the final quarter alone. It was an absolutely historic performance.

Here are the rest of Saturday’s winner and losers:

WINNERS

Oklahoma State. The Cowboys’ reputation took a hit after following up September’s loss to TCU with close calls against Texas Tech and Texas. Maybe the 50-39 win at West Virginia won’t vault Oklahoma State back into the top group of the Football Bowl Subdivision. But it should show how OSU can roll against top-25 teams, both at home and away, and supports the idea that this team is still very much a threat to win the Big 12 and reach a national semifinal.

Texas. After narrow losses to Oklahoma and Oklahoma State, the Longhorns evened their record at 4-4 with a 38-7 win at winless Baylor. While not unexpected, the victory does keep UT on pace to reach a bowl game in Tom Herman’s debut season. That was always the baseline heading into September, even if Herman’s success at Houston had some dreaming big about the Longhorns’ chances of being a true Big 12 contender.

Michigan. Not for beating Rutgers, which is hardly an impressive achievement even if the Scarlet Knights carried a two-game conference winning streak into Saturday. The Wolverines should feel like a winner based on the play of young quarterback Brandon Peters, who replaced an ineffective John O’Korn in the first half and ended with 124 passing yards and a score in the 35-14 win. Michigan may have found a quarterback. Better late than never.

Florida International. The Golden Panthers dropped TK points against Marshall, once owners of the best defense in Conference USA, to move to 5-2 in Butch Davis’ first season. Remember Davis? The architect of one of the great teams in recent college football history, 2001 Miami, has FIU within a win of bowl eligibility and a serious threat to win a division title. (I don’t know about you, but I can’t wait for Davis and FIU to meet Lane Kiffin and Florida Atlantic.)

Iowa State. The Cyclones will leap in the polls after notching their second win of the year against a top-ranked opponent, this time TCU. The defense was outstanding, holding the Horned Frogs to just a touchdown, and the offense good enough and careful enough to secure the win. This Matt Campbell guy? He can coach a bit.

Kentucky: Though the 29-26 victory against Tennessee was not always pretty, and the Vols, of course, are dreadful, it was very much a win for the now 5-2 Wildcats. When you have lost 31 of the previous 32 games to a team, a win any which way is sweet.

LOSERS

Virginia. Once 5-1 and one of the surprise stories in college football, Virginia has dropped two games in a row by a combined total of 48 points. It’s hard to pick which one was worse: The 41-10 dismantling at home against Boston College or Saturday’s 31-14 loss at Pittsburgh? The Eagles and Panthers are better than their records indicate, but it’s still a hard fall for the Cavaliers. Overall, however, getting to a bowl game in Bronco Mendenhall’s second season would show progress for the program.

Florida. This team is a disaster and the program seems in shambles as the Gators head into November needing to win three games to reach the postseason. After a 42-7 loss to Georgia, there are too many questions to fit into this space. But here’s one: Why can’t UF do anything on offense? Here’s another: How did Georgia leap a mile ahead of Florida in less than two seasons? It’s dire times in Gainesville.

Louisville. The Cardinals have now dropped three of four in ACC play, the latest Saturday’s 42-32 defeat at Wake Forest, and a season pegged for some degree of Playoff contention now finds Louisville fighting to merely secure bowl eligibility. The worst part about Saturday’s loss? Not that defense was awful, since the defense has been abysmal all season. It was the play of the offense, which scored just 10 points at halftime and scored two meaningless touchdowns in the final 70 seconds.

The Big 12. No team will enter November undefeated now that TCU has suffered its first loss. Instead of ragging on the Pac-12, maybe the topic of conversation should be how the Big 12 will be left on the outside looking in for a national semifinal. Doesn’t that sound familiar?