In the meantime, this matchup is undoubtedly the best in the short life of the Big Ten Championship game. Let's get down to the numbers, shall we?
8:17 p.m. ET, December 7, 2013--FOX
Lucas Oil Stadium (Capacity: 67,455 / Indianapolis, IN)
Difference <25 in National Rank = Push
Difference >25 in National Rank =
Difference >50 in National Rank =
Difference >75 in National Rank =
Difference >100 in National Rank =
Note: The Redzone TD% and Redzone TD% Defense are calculated by me and not ranked by the NCAA. Determining who has the advantage in these categories is strictly my arbitrary judgment.
Quick thoughts: You'd be hard pressed to find a more even match up.
The focus of this game, of course, will be MSU's vaunted defense against OSU's explosive offense--immovable object meets unstoppable force, indeed. But if the Buckeye defense can stop the Spartan offense, what happens then? How does that impact the game?
I'm actually more interested to see how special teams factors into this game. If this was a Tressel-Dantonio matchup, I'd expect a low-scoring, field-position battle. As it stands, though, I'm not so sure. MSU's D is certainly legit, but so is Braxton Miller. Either way, I'll be watching--and hoping for some great football on a big stage this week.
What say you guys? Will you be watching--and, if so, is there anything that could make you root at all for the Buckeyes?