— Ohio State crushed its rival and cruised home, crossing the border and hoping for the best.
The Buckeyes, No. 8 in the College Football Playoff ranking, had beaten No. 10 Michigan, 42-13. They just needed a little bit of help from Penn State later in the day to get another chance to advance to the Big Ten Conference championship and keep their playoff chances alive.
They didn't get it.
Michigan State may have ended the national champions' quest to repeat by beating the Nittany Lions, 55-16, and earning a spot in next week's league title game against Iowa.
Ohio State's loss to Michigan State last week took destiny out of its hands because the No. 5...