2014 Big Ten Championship Game Preview:
The 2014 Big Ten Championship Game will be played on December 6th, 2014 at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, Indiana. For the 4th season in a row, the Big Ten Championship Game will take place at Lucas Oil Stadium, which has a capacity of over 65,000 fans. The 2014 Big Ten Championship Game will put the Wisconsin Badgers against the Ohio State Buckeyes. Both teams come ranked in the top 12 in the CFP rankings and Ohio State has a shot at making the College Football Playoff with a win. Wisconsin looks to make it 3 wins in 3 trips to the Big Ten Championship game, while Ohio State will try and win their 1st ever Big Ten Championship Game. This is the first year that the Big Ten conference is split into the East and West Divisions that reflect the 14 member conference that now includes Maryland and Rutgers.
2012 Big Ten Championship Game Preview:
The 2012 Big Ten Championship was a 70-31 game won by the Wisconsin Badgers over the Nebraska Cornhuskers. Wisconsin actually finished third in their division, but because Ohio State and Penn State were ineligible to compete in the game due to postseason bans, the Badgers got the call. Wisconsin jumped out to a 42-10 lead by halftime and never looked back, dispatching Bo Pelini’s #12 ranked team in the process. The attendance at the game was 41,260 and Wisconsin running back Montee Ball was named game MVP after rushing for 202 yards and 3 TDs.
2011 Big Ten Championship Game Preview:
A trip to the Rose Bowl is at stake for the winner of this classic gridiron showdown between these two historic programs. The inaugural Big Ten Championship will pit the Wisconsin Badgers (10-2; 6-2 Conference), winners of the Leaders division, against the Michigan State Spartans (10-2; 7-1 Conference), who captured the Legends division. This is a rematch of the conference game played on October 22, which Michigan State won 37-31.
The 15th-ranked Badgers bring with them a high flying offense led by Heisman Trophy candidates, quarterback Russell Wilson and running back Montee Ball. The duo, who both earned All-Big Ten honors, scored a combined 57 touchdowns through the air and ground. While Wilson had all the early-season accolades, Ball has now become the face of the offense—scoring the most touchdowns in the country at your position will do that. However, the high scoring isn’t left to the offense, as the defense boasts the Big Ten’s top scoring defense, as well.
Michigan State, which comes in ranked 13th nationally, will need its top-six defense to show up against the Badgers. In their first meeting earlier in the season, the Spartans needed a last second, tipped Hail Mary to beat Wisconsin, and hasn’t lost since.
Quarterback Kirk Cousins isn’t any slouch either, as his second-team All-Big Ten honor shows, and his receiving corps led by BJ Cunningham are powerful as well. It will be a wild time in Indy as these two powerhouses try to show why they should be in Pasadena on January 2nd.