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No rest for weary: Ohio State can't take breath before date with MSU in Big Ten title game

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    Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer joins his team in singing the school's alma mater after their 42-41 win over Michigan in an NCAA college football game Saturday, Nov. 30, 2013 at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Mich. (AP Photo/Detroit Free Press, Julian H. Gonzalez) DETROIT NEWS OUT; NO SALES, MANDATORY CREDIT (The Associated Press)

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    Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio, left, congratulates Kurtis Drummond (27) following a 14-3 win over Minnesota in an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Nov. 30, 2013, in East Lansing, Mich. (AP Photo/Al Goldis) (The Associated Press)

There was a time when Ohio State players could look forward to a break after trading bruises with archrival Michigan.

Not anymore.

No sooner did the second-ranked Buckeyes escape Michigan Stadium with a 43-41 victory — thanks to Tyvis Powell's last-minute interception on a 2-point conversion pass at the goal line on Saturday — than they were already immersing themselves in preparation for yet another make-or-break game.

The Big Ten championship game against No. 10 Michigan State — the only top-15 team Ohio State has played in a school-record 24-game winning streak under coach Urban Meyer — looms on Saturday at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis.

Now No. 2 in the BCS standings, the Buckeyes need to win to hang on to a spot in the national championship game.