CHARLOTTE, N.C. —
Now it doesn't matter.
Ohio State hadn't lost in 24 games, not since Urban Meyer took over last year. Despite all the SEC's lobbying, a victory against the Spartans would have likely been enough to hold off Auburn and send the Buckeyes to the BCS title game for the first time since the 2007 season.
Instead, Ohio State fell behind by 17, rallied back to take a 24-17 lead, then watched Michigan State score the last 17 points to win 34-24.
Michigan State will go to the Rose Bowl. Ohio State will probably have to settle for the Orange Bowl.
The Big 12 and Pac-12 also settled BCS business Saturday.
No. 7 Stanford is going to the Rose Bowl for the second straight year, the first time that's happened since 1970 and'71, after winning the Pac-12 championship game at No. 11 Arizona State, 38-14.
No. 9 Baylor (11-1) won the Big 12 and locked up an automatic bid to the Fiesta Bowl, with some help from Oklahoma. Before the Bears beat Texas 30-10, the 18th-ranked Sooners upset No. 6 Oklahoma State 33-24 in Stillwater to keep the Cowboys from winning the Big 12. Baylor will play No. 15 UCF (11-1), the American Athletic Conference champion, in its first BCS appearance.