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LOS ANGELES - All week long, you were assured that Saturday night's big game had "national championship implications."
It might have. If only Ohio State had shown up.
Then again, that's nothing new for the Buckeyes, who have failed to show up for the last two national championship games.
What you are left with is less an implication than an emphatically harsh reminder that the Buckeyes do not merit any discussion for the title game. Let them go back home and beat Troy 106-0 next week. Let them run the table in the Big Ten. So what? With Saturday in evidence — Ohio State and Michigan crushed — the Big Ten doesn't seem so big anymore.