ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) If either Ohio State or Michigan had held on to beat Michigan State, a bid to the Big Ten title game would be at stake again on Saturday in the latest iteration of one of college football's greatest rivalries.
But both lost to the Spartans on the final play of the game. The Buckeyes watched a field goal sail through the uprights, and the Wolverines infamously botched a punt.
Sure, Ohio State or Michigan will be pleased to win the first Urban Meyer-Jim Harbaugh matchup. They will walk off the field and up a steep tunnel, though, not knowing if they will play next week in Indianapolis for the conference championship. And later in the day, they will root for the sixth-ranked Spartans to get upset at home by Penn State.