After long season, task is simple for Buckeyes

RUSTY MILLER AP Sports Writer Published:

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- 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."