There are upsets, and then there are upsets.

Columbus would mourn if Kent State’s genie granted the Golden Flashes’ wish today at Ohio Stadium. Ohio State, the nation’s third-ranked team by default and schedule design, takes a break from the Big Ten grind to take on a flyweight today. OSU is a 31-point favorite.

Stunning upsets have provided an intriguing storyline to the college football season. Michigan has been unseated but remains very much alive to win the Big Ten. USC took a sucker punch from Stanford last week.

Buckeye coach Jim Tressel said the only common theme in upsets is turnovers. Then he turned to former OSU coach Earle Bruce and asked if he agreed.

“Yeah, I’d say that and then coaching,” Bruce said.

Today’s game could be an important factor for Ohio State. The first BCS standings are released Sunday. Ohio State and No. 2 California could flip flop spots in the only rankings that really matter. Yes, style points count this time of year when three polls and six computer averages spit out the BCS standings.

Tressel has been pleased with his team’s one-track mind. The young Buckeyes have been able to stay above the rankings and focus on each week’s opponent without taking any of the first six wins for granted.

“Whatever mistakes created your poor performance ... many times can be traced to you weren’t focused on the task at hand,” Tressel said. “Sometimes, it’s dumb luck; the ball gets deflected, whatever. But usually, you can have a bearing on the outcome of your performance if you’re capable.”

Ohio State’s season, providing Kent State keeps its genie in the bottle, gets much more interesting.

Purdue is the only ranked team OSU has beaten. The Buckeyes took care of the Boilermakers in convincing fashion last weekend at Ross-Ade Stadium.

After this, the Buckeyes get Michigan State, at Penn State, Wisconsin and surging Illinois before Michigan.

Kent State could be a trap game if the Buckeyes so much as peek ahead.

“Our guys are interested in getting better, so I’d like to think they’ll keep rolling their sleeves up,” Tressel said.

But there was a small sign that OSU took a look at what’s around the corner.

“We have played well, and we are 6-0, but now we have to face the toughest six games of our schedule,” offensive lineman Steve Rehring said. “It’s not going to be easy. Every game you are going to get a team’s best shot.”

The Buckeyes defense has been the strength. It shut down a Purdue offense that was ranked nationally in the top five.

Quarterback Todd Boeckman was picked off three times last week. If the first-year starter struggles with turnovers today, he’ll keep the Golden Flashes in the game. Tressel said Boeckman graded out well after reviewing the film.

“He threw the ball better than I thought he would,” Purdue coach Joe Tiller said. “The touchdown pass to Ray Small in the corner of the end zone ... was a perfect pass. If that ball is 6 inches one way or the other, it’s either not caught or it’s caught out of bounds.”

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