After winning its respective divisions in the Big Ten Conference Saturday, the Michigan State Spartans and the Wisconsin Badgers will face each other in the inaugural Big Ten Football Championship Game, Saturday, Dec. 3 at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, IN.
On Saturday, the Badgers (10-2, 7-1 Leaders Division) routed the Penn State Nittany Lions, 45-7, and secured the conference's Leaders Division Title, while the Spartans (10-2, 7-1 Legends Division) clobbered Northwestern, 31-17, to earn the Legends Division Title. Next Saturday at 8:17 p.m. ET on FOX, both programs -- Michigan State ranked No. 14 in the Bowl Championship Series Standings; Wisconsin No. 16 -- will be playing for the Stagg Championship Trophy and the right to play in the Rose Bowl Game, Jan. 2.
Earlier in the season, Oct. 22, these two programs played in a memorable regular-season match up that featured the Spartans completing a 44-yard touchdown pass with no time on the clock to closeout a 37-31 victory. Last season, Michigan State and Wisconsin shared the Big Ten title. The Spartans earned its seventh Big Ten Championship and will be looking for its first back-to-back titles since 1965 and '66. Meanwhile, the Badgers will be looking for its 13th league championship.