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In Big Ten's biggest game of year, No. 13 Ohio State seeks redemption vs. No. 8 Michigan State

  • FILE - In this Dec. 7, 2013, file photo, Michigan State head coach Mark Dantonio, right, is congratulated by Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer following the Big Ten Conference championship NCAA college football game in Indianapolis. After beating up on lesser opponents for six straight games, No. 13 Ohio State gets to see just how good it is. Up next, No. 7 Michigan State. (AP Photo/AJ Mast, File)

    FILE - In this Dec. 7, 2013, file photo, Michigan State head coach Mark Dantonio, right, is congratulated by Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer following the Big Ten Conference championship NCAA college football game in Indianapolis. After beating up on lesser opponents for six straight games, No. 13 Ohio State gets to see just how good it is. Up next, No. 7 Michigan State. (AP Photo/AJ Mast, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE - This Dec. 8, 2013, file photo,  shows Michigan State's Denicos Allen holding up the trophy following the Big Ten Conference championship NCAA college football game against Ohio State in Indianapolis. Just as No. 13 Ohio State has been waiting for 11 months for another shot at Michigan State, watchers of the Buckeyes have been waiting to see what they might do against a team with comparable talent. After six straight games beating up on lesser opponents, now the Buckeyes, and their doubters, will see just how good they are. (AP Photo/AJ Mast, File)

    FILE - This Dec. 8, 2013, file photo, shows Michigan State's Denicos Allen holding up the trophy following the Big Ten Conference championship NCAA college football game against Ohio State in Indianapolis. Just as No. 13 Ohio State has been waiting for 11 months for another shot at Michigan State, watchers of the Buckeyes have been waiting to see what they might do against a team with comparable talent. After six straight games beating up on lesser opponents, now the Buckeyes, and their doubters, will see just how good they are. (AP Photo/AJ Mast, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE - In this Dec. 7, 2013, file photo, Ohio State's Ryan Shazier (2) walks off the field following a 34-24 loss to Michigan State in the Big Ten Conference championship NCAA college football game in Indianapolis. Just as No. 13 Ohio State has been waiting for 11 months for another shot at Michigan State, watchers of the Buckeyes have been waiting to see what they might do against a team with comparable talent. After six straight games beating up on lesser opponents, now the Buckeyes, and their doubters, will see just how good they are. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy, File)

    FILE - In this Dec. 7, 2013, file photo, Ohio State's Ryan Shazier (2) walks off the field following a 34-24 loss to Michigan State in the Big Ten Conference championship NCAA college football game in Indianapolis. Just as No. 13 Ohio State has been waiting for 11 months for another shot at Michigan State, watchers of the Buckeyes have been waiting to see what they might do against a team with comparable talent. After six straight games beating up on lesser opponents, now the Buckeyes, and their doubters, will see just how good they are. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy, File)  (The Associated Press)

It's been 11 months since Ohio State had its school-record 24-game winning streak and national championship hopes dashed at the hands of Michigan State in the Big Ten title game.

Now the teams meet again, and several Buckeyes say they've never really gotten over that 34-24 defeat.

The 13th-ranked Buckeyes (7-1, 4-0 Big Ten, No. 16 CFP) travel to eighth-ranked Michigan State (7-1, 4-0, No. 8 CFP) for a Saturday night showdown at Spartan Stadium.

It'll mark the first time Ohio State has played a nationally ranked team this season — and may just be a last shot for a while for the Buckeyes to prove that they can win a big game against a quality opponent.

The winner has the inside track to return to the conference championship game.