Don’t put away those BCS Richter scales yet. The tremors around college football might not be over.

Don’t put away those BCS Richter scales yet. The tremors around college football might not be over.

“We’re going to Pasadena unless it shakes out the other way,” Ohio State coach Jim Tressel said Saturday after the Buckeyes’ 14-3 win at Michigan.

OSU grabbed the Big Ten title and the Rose Bowl bid that comes with it. The Buckeyes haven’t been to the Rose Bowl since 1997. But Ohio State, which is in the clubhouse with an 11-1 record, is still in the hunt for the BCS national title game.

The Buckeyes rank fifth behind No. 1 LSU, No. 2 Kansas, No. 3 Missouri and No. 4 West Virginia in the Associated Press Top 25 Poll. The top two teams in the BCS rankings at season’s end will face off in the Sugar Bowl for the national title.

Climbing into that coveted duo isn’t a far stretch for the Buckeyes, especially after losses last week by Oregon and Oklahoma.

Missouri and undefeated Kansas meet for the Big 12 North title this weekend. The winner will play in the conference championship game against — most likely — an agitated Oklahoma team on Dec. 1. West Virginia hosts Connecticut (9-2) on Saturday. The Mountaineers also face rival Pitt the following week. Heisman hopeful Darren McFadden and Arkansas await LSU on Saturday before the Tigers face either Tennessee or Georgia in the SEC title game on Dec. 1.

The final BCS rankings will be released Dec. 2.

“We’re hoping for the best,” OSU defensive back Jamario O’Neal said. “Just like last year with Florida (in the national title game), anything can happen. Any given Saturday, anybody can lose.”

That’s been the theme around college football this season.

“Wherever the cards fall, they do, but you can’t worry about anything like that,” OSU junior linebacker James Laurinaitis said.

Ohio State had the inside track to a second straight title game appearance until losing at home to Illinois on Nov. 10. The loss snapped the Buckeyes’ 28-game regular-season winning streak and knocked them from the top spot.

They bounced right back emotionally, going to the Big House and beating their biggest rivals. Judging by the number of OSU players walking around with roses in their mouths Saturday, a January date in Pasadena wouldn’t be a heartbreaker.

“Being a Midwest kid, the Rose Bowl is no consolation,” Laurinaitis said.

OSU quarterback Todd Boeckman had a different take.

“Wherever it’s warm,” he said after a cold, wet Saturday in Ann Arbor.

Offensive tackle Alex Boone, who looks a bit like a grizzly bear, didn’t care about the conditions.

“We just beat Michigan,” the 6-foot-8, 313-pound junior said. “It doesn’t matter where we end up. I’ll go to Alaska. We’ll play in the Snow Bowl. I don’t know. We just beat Michigan.”

Reach Repository sports writer Josh Weir at (330) 580-8426 or e-mail: josh.weir@cantonrep.com