A look back at each game from this past Ohio State Buckeyes football season

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Nov 8, 2014; East Lansing, MI, USA; Ohio State Buckeyes quarterback J.T. Barrett (16) runs the ball into the end zone for a touchdown during the first quarter against the Michigan State Spartans at Spartan Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

Week 9- Michigan State

It was finally here. The shot at redemption that Urban Meyer had been thinking about since he had eaten a slice of pizza in the lonely tunnel of Lucas Oil Stadium after Michigan State beat Ohio State in the Big Ten Championship.

Michigan State was by far the best team Ohio State had faced up until that point in the season. They were also a team that had proven they could handle Meyer and the Buckeyes. Head coach Mark Dantonio has turned the Spartan program into arguably the second best team in the Big Ten. The winner figured to represent the East division in this year’s championship.

Ohio State entered the game ranked 14th by the College Football Playoff committee, dropping for yet another week in a row after having won their game. After losing to Virginia Tech earlier in the season, nobody had figured the Buckeyes to get another shot at the playoff. But with a win against a No. 8 Michigan State team, there would be hope.

Barrett was strong yet again and went 16 of 26 for 300 yards against the Spartans. Ohio State started off poorly, unable to score on their first two drives. After that, the Buckeyes scored a touchdown every time they had the ball until they punted on their final drive of the game.

The Buckeye defense struggled, as Michigan State’s Jeremy Langford ran for 137 yards and three touchdowns. Quarterback Connor Cook threw for 358 yards and two scores. The Spartans gained 536 yards but couldn’t keep up with the high powered Urban Meyer offense. The Buckeyes won 49-37.

Next: Minnesota