Another year, another national championship football game without a Big Ten team.
The undefeated Ohio State Buckeyes had a shot last night playing in the Big Ten Championships in Indianapolis, but Michigan State knocked them out of BCS National Championship contention in a 34-24 victory that snapped Ohio State's school-record 24-game win streak.
Michigan State will now head to Pasadena to face Stanford in the Rose Bowl and Ohio State will go home sans Big Ten title and sans spot in the last BCS title. The Buckeyes are now slated to play No. 12 Clemson in the Orange Bowl on Jan. 3.
Meanwhile, Auburn is expected to face No. 1 Florida State for the championship game, being the only two teams clearly left standing at the end of the last BCS season.
While plenty of Gopher fans dislike witnessing Ohio State win any game at all, it's been a while since any Big Ten team appeared in the final bowl game of the BCS. Ohio State is the only Big Ten team to ever appear in a BCS Championship Game -- they went in 2006 and 2007, both times losing to SEC teams but beat Miami for the title in 2002.
At least once SEC team has been part of the championship matchup since 2006, and since the 1998 inception of the BCS, there's only been six instances in which an SEC team didn't play in the National Championship Game.
Apparently, Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer sullenly consumed a few slices of Papa John's pizza at Lucas Oil Stadium after Saturday night's loss, as if there wasn't enough sorrow in that locker room.
MINNESOTA V. SYRACUSE
The Gophers (8-4) will face Syracuse (6-6) in the Texas Bowl on Dec. 27. This will be the second Texas Bowl appearance in a row for the Gophers -- last year they lost to Texas Tech 34-31 in the final 70 seconds.
Minnesota is 3-1 against Syracuse, who finished 4-4 in its first season in the ACC.