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No. 3 Buckeyes put perfect season on line against downtrodden archrival Michigan on Saturday

  • Michigan tight end A.J. Williams, center, celebrates with teammates after catching a 2-yard touchdown pass during the first half of an NCAA college football game against Iowa, Saturday, Nov. 23, 2013, in Iowa City, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

    Michigan tight end A.J. Williams, center, celebrates with teammates after catching a 2-yard touchdown pass during the first half of an NCAA college football game against Iowa, Saturday, Nov. 23, 2013, in Iowa City, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)  (The Associated Press)

  • Ohio State linebacker Ryan Shazier, right, high fives fans as he leaves the field after an NCAA college football game against Indiana, Saturday, Nov. 23, 2013, in Columbus, Ohio. Ohio State won 42-14. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete)

    Ohio State linebacker Ryan Shazier, right, high fives fans as he leaves the field after an NCAA college football game against Indiana, Saturday, Nov. 23, 2013, in Columbus, Ohio. Ohio State won 42-14. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete)  (The Associated Press)

  • Ohio State quarterback Braxton Miller, center, drops back to pass in the swirling snow against Indiana during the first quarter of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Nov. 23, 2013, in Columbus, Ohio. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete)

    Ohio State quarterback Braxton Miller, center, drops back to pass in the swirling snow against Indiana during the first quarter of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Nov. 23, 2013, in Columbus, Ohio. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete)  (The Associated Press)

The Ohio State Buckeyes didn't spend a whole lot of time enjoying their school-record 23rd straight win and spot in the Big Ten championship game.

Moments after the third-ranked Buckeyes (11-0, 7-0) achieved those goals with a 42-14 win over Indiana on a snowy, blustery Saturday night, they were already talking about their annual grudge match on Saturday against archrival Michigan.

From a distance, it might look like a trap game: The Buckeyes have little to play for beyond holding on to what they've already got — an unbeaten season.

On top of that, the Wolverines (7-4, 3-4) have lost four of their last six games and have had major problems running the ball and scoring points.

But the Buckeyes are wary. And excited.