The No. 21 Michigan Wolverines were absolutely dominated by the No. 22 Michigan State Spartans in a 26-9 Spartans win. Michigan State held the Wolverines to 168 total yards of offense and -48 yards on defense – that’s not a typo.
Obviously, Michigan State will get a boost in the BCS rankings, especially with their impressive, and surprising, 8-1 record. However, Michigan’s loss hurts another Big 10 team far more than themselves.
The Ohio State Buckeyes are undefeated in the 2013 college football season, and ranked No. 4 in the BCS Polls behind the Alabama Crimson Tide, the Oregon Ducks and the Florida State Seminoles. All three of the teams ahead of the Buckeyes in the national rankings have played much more difficult schedules than Ohio State, which gives Urban Meyer’s team the difficult task of having to earn style points on top of wins.
Ohio State’s remaining schedule only provides one more opportunity to face a ranked opponent, and that opponent was Michigan. After the Michigan State win, the Wolverines will most likely not be ranked when the next BCS Polls come out. The Buckeyes need a miracle to jump at least two teams to go to the National Championship.
So, as much as the loss to Michigan State may have damaged Michigan, it damaged Ohio State much more. Look for the Buckeyes to finish the season undefeated, but most likely not make it to the National Championship. However, fans shouldn’t be disappointed; Meyer’s Ohio State has the makings of a future dynasty.