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Buckeyes to BCS
By Rob Ogden

Saturday night Ohio State fell to Michigan State in the Big Ten championship game, Sunday it received its consolation prize.

The No. 7 Buckeyes received an invite to face No. 12 Clemson in the Orange Bowl Jan. 3 at Sun Life Stadium in Miami Lakes, Fla.

It will be the Buckeyes' first Orange Bowl appearance since 1977, when Woody Hayes led Ohio State to a 27-10 win over Colorado.

The Orange Bowl appearance will mark the 10th BCS bowl for Ohio State - the most of any school - since the system's inception 15 year ago.

The Orange Bowl is the only BCS bowl the Buckeyes had never appeared in during the BCS era. That era is coming to a close following this season, as a new four-team playoff format will begin for the 2014 season.

The game will be the second meeting between the Buckeyes (12-1) and Tigers (10-2), with the only other one coming in the 1978 Gator Bowl - Hayes' last game as Ohio State coach.

The Buckeyes dropped five spots in the BCS after Saturday night's loss while Michigan State climbed six spots to No. 4.

SEC champion Auburn moved to No. 2, and will face No. 1 Florida State in the BCS National Championship game Jan. 6.

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