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Big Ten Football Release: Iowa and Michigan State meet in the 2015 Big Ten Football Championship Game on Saturday

December 4, 2015
Toledo Chronicle, Tama News-Herald

\Big Ten Football Release

Iowa and Michigan State will meet in the 2015 Big Ten Football Championship Game on Saturday at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis. The Hawkeyes are making their first appearance in the conference championship game while the Spartans will head to Indianapolis for the third time in five years.

A victory on Saturday would give Michigan State its second Big Ten Championship in the past three seasons, following a title in 2013, and its ninth overall. Meanwhile, Iowa will look to secure its 12th Big Ten Championship and first since 2004. The winner of the contest will receive the Amos Alonzo Stagg Championship Trophy.

Iowa leads the all-time series 23-20-2, although Michigan State claimed a 26-14 victory in the last meeting between the two teams on Oct. 5, 2013 in Iowa City. Recently the series has featured a number of tight contests, with four of the last seven games between the Hawkeyes and Spartans being decided by seven points or less, including two that went to overtime.

Iowa picked up a victory over Nebraska last Friday to conclude an undefeated regular season. The Hawkeyes set a new program record with their 12th victory on the year, while quarterback C.J. Beathard improved to 13-0 as a starter.

Michigan State defeated Penn State last Saturday to earn a share of the East Division title. Earlier that day, Ohio State defeated Michigan to also finish 11-1 overall and 7-1 in Big Ten contests and earn a share of its fourth consecutive division title. However, Michigan State earned the title game berth due to its head-to-head victory over the Buckeyes on Nov. 21.

Michigan State earned its 11th victory of the season, marking the fourth time in the past five seasons that the Spartans have won at least 11 games. Michigan State won a program record 13 contests in 2013.

The Big Ten set a new single-season attendance record with 6,467,816 fans attending home games. This marked the third consecutive season that more than six million fans have attended home contests and the fourth time in the past five years.

Indiana became the eighth Big Ten team to secure bowl eligibility with a victory over Purdue, giving the Hoosiers six victories this season. Bowl games for Big Ten teams will be announced on Sunday. The full list of Big Ten postseason destinations can be found on pages 3 and 5 of the release.



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