If Ohio State defeats Michigan next Saturday, all Penn State has to do is win.

The 9-2 Nittany Lions face a 3-8 Michigan State team that proved to the country yesterday against the Buckeyes that they are better than what their record indicates. Penn State hosts the Spartans on Nov. 26 for its final regular season game of the year.

Nittany Lions head coach James Franklin knows exactly how important its next game is:

Again, if Ohio State beats Michigan and Penn State wins, the Nittany Lions hold the tiebreaker over the Buckeyes thanks to a head to head victory. If Michigan beats Ohio State, the Wolverines hold the tiebreaker over Penn State.

All Franklin’s team can control is what they do against the Spartans and thanks to his note, it’s easy to tell where the head coach’s mind is at.