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No longer needing BCS help, No. 2 Ohio State now can turn focus to MSU in Big Ten title game

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    FILE - In this Nov. 30, 2013 file photo, Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer responds to cheers from fans in Michigan Stadium as his team takes the field before an NCAA college football game against Michigan in Ann Arbor, Mich. It seems as if No. 2 Ohio State has spent the past three months in a pressure-cooker. Now, after squeaking out its biggest win of the season against its bitter rival, the Buckeyes have to turn around and play yet another major showdown. They meet No. 10 Michigan State in the Big Ten championship game on Saturday. (AP Photo/Tony Ding, File)The Associated Press

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    FILE - In this Nov. 30, 2013 file photo, Ohio State quarterback Braxton Miller (5) looks back at Michigan defensive back Blake Countess (18) as he rushes for a touchdown in the first quarter of an NCAA college football game in Ann Arbor, Mich. It seems as if No. 2 Ohio State has spent the past three months in a pressure-cooker. Now, after squeaking out its biggest win of the season against its bitter rival, the Buckeyes have to turn around and play yet another major showdown. They meet No. 10 Michigan State in the Big Ten championship game on Saturday. (AP Photo/Tony Ding, File)The Associated Press

After spending the last three months in a pressure cooker, No. 2 Ohio State still can't hit the release valve.

Even in the wake of their biggest win of the season against their archrival, the Buckeyes have to turn right around and play yet another major showdown.

They meet No. 10 Michigan State in the Big Ten championship game on Saturday — the latest in a long line of games which have required focusing on the task at hand instead of Big Ten, big bowl and BCS dreams.

Yet the Buckeyes say that it's actually easier to concentrate since they no longer need help getting into one of those cherished top two spots in the BCS rankings.

Center Corey Linsley says it's simple: win and "it's all set for us."