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After a very ugly 26-6 escape from East Lansing, the Buckeyes despite beating the Spartans dropped to No. 9 in the the latest AP Poll.

The Buckeyes, who amassed just 123 yards rushing on 43 total carries, have Maryland this week before preparing for No. 4 Michigan and their quest to crack the College Football Playoffs.

As bad as the Buckeyes have played, all is not lost just yet. If the Buckeyes win out, grab the Big Ten Championship and have a few upsets in front of them, don’t be surprised if they make a sneak into the back door of the playoffs. It will be a long shot though.

Michigan State turned the ball over three times, while the Buckeyes lost it just once. But the true hero for the Buckeyes victory Saturday was punter Drue Chrisman who dominated the game pining the Spartans near their goal line several times in a game that really never opened up until the 4th quarter..

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