The most anticipated Big Ten Championship since the games inception is finally upon us. The #10 Michigan State Spartans (11-1) will take on the #2 Ohio State Buckeyes (12-0) at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis.
The match-up between the two schools will feature strength on strength. The Spartan defense, ranked #1 nationally, against a Ohio State Buckeye running game that averages 7.3 yards per rush. Not to mention perennial the Big Ten offensive player of the year Braxton Miller.
The Spartan Defense has held opponents to 2.3 yards per rush. But their biggest challenge will be trying to contain Buckeye QB Braxton Miller who is a duel threat offensively. When stopping the run, the Spartans will have to be wary of Braxton Miller’s ability to make plays downfield. That will open up opportunities for running back Carlos Hyde up the middle.
The Spartan offense uses a balanced attack similar to that of Ohio States. The difference is most of the Spartans elite talent is on defense so the Spartans will have to execute a near perfect game plan on offense to be effective. Spartan QB Connor Cook does not have gaudy numbers but his ability to run the offense without committing turnovers has been the key to the Spartans offensive success, especially on the ground.
A win for the Spartans will end a Rose Bowl drought and secure the schools first BCS bid. A win for Ohio State will guarantee them a spot in the National Championship game. The stakes have never been higher for both schools.
2013 Big Ten Championship Game Information
Michigan State Spartans v Ohio State Buckeyes
Where: Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis
Pregame Coverage: 6:30 pm on BTN switching to Fox at 7:30 pm
Start Time: Kickoff 8:17 pm