Ohio State Buckeyes
With no postseason, the only thing left to be decided for Michigan is the future of coach Brady Hoke. Interim AD Jim Hackett will make the call on whether the coach stays or goes.
Michigan loses and its season ends. Ohio State loses and it still will play for the Big Ten title a week later in Indianapolis against the Minnesota-Wisconsin winner.
Michigan (5-6, 3-4) needs a win just to be bowl eligible, in addition to momentarily quieting the talk about Hoke’s future.
Michigan State’s chances to make the playoff appear to be miniscule, but Dantonio says the Spartans still have plenty to play for.
Michigan State trailed by one touchdown at halftime, but Ohio State led, 42-24, by the start of the fourth quarter.
With one overwhelming offensive display, the Buckeyes (8-1, 5-0) re-established themselves as the Big Ten’s dominant team under coach Urban Meyer.
Barring a November collapse, the winner emerges as the likely division winner for a berth in the league championship game in Indianapolis in December.
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Ohio State started the week with 15 consecutive wins and ended it with consecutive losses.