Ohio State crushed its rival and cruised home, crossing the border and hoping for the best.
The eighth-ranked Buckeyes had beaten No. 12 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 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 title game against Iowa.
"Our season kind of rests on their shoulders right now," Ezekiel Elliott said before he or his teammates knew their fate.
Ohio State's loss to...