Most Ohio State football fans would be have been happy this season with nearly almost anything better than last year's 6-7 slide into mediocrity.
A certainly-unexpected 8-0 start has seemingly soothed some of the pain from the muddled mess of the last two years in the program, but there's still a load of work for Urban Meyer and his staff to do to bring the Buckeyes all the way back.
On Saturday, OSU faces a formidable foe that wasn't seen as such before the season started in 5-2 Penn State, with still Wisconsin and Michigan to play too. The Nittany Lions have bounced back from the Jerry Sandusky scandal quicker than OSU did with its Tattoogate trouble, and Bill O'Brien has their offense really purring like big cats with immensely-improved quarterback Matt McGloin at the controls.
That could threaten to put a spot on the Buckeyes' unblemished record so far come Saturday, as Ohio State is pretty banged up right now - especially on defense - and has been shuffling people around the last several weeks to try and fill some big holes left by injuries.
That fact was pretty evident last week, even though OSU did - in the very end - prevail over Purdue in an exciting, but harrowing 29-22 overtime win.
You got to say one thing, though, about Meyer's men in Columbus this season. They sure do make it interesting every game, one way or the other.
We've seen blowouts, high-scoring shootouts and defensive struggles, but not a down-to-the-wire nailbiter in regulation, then some more drama in OT like what occurred last Saturday.
However, I would guess about 90 percent - and maybe even more - of all Buckeye fans had just about given Ohio State up for dead already when little-used backup QB Kenny Guiton (just 6 for 10 passing) trotted onto the field with 47 seconds left and OSU 61 yards from a tie, but eight points behind at 22-14.
Guiton, who almost left the program or was nearly run off by Meyer (pick a story) after spring practice, became an instant Buckeye hero, passing them downfield to score not only a TD, but also the tying two points - both on passes - with three seconds left to force overtime.
Then in OT, Guiton delivered in the clutch again with an 18-yard pass to set up Carlos Hyde's yard dive into the end zone for the game-winner as the OSU defense came through, pressuring Purdue into three incompletions out of four passes to end the game.
All of Guiton's playing time came in the fourth quarter and overtime after starting QB Braxton Miller left after being hammered to the turf on the final play of the third quarter at the end of a 37-yard run.
But in all likelihood, it's probably back to the bench Saturday for this Kenny G., despite the sweet music he spun last Saturday to deftly rescue the Buckeyes from the jaws of defeat, as Miller, despite some soreness in his neck, is expected to return as the starter.