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The Big Ten Championship Game History

The Big Ten Football Championship Game is a college football game that is held by the Big Ten Conference each year since 2011 to determine the conference’s season champion. The championship game will pit the division champions from the conference’s West and East divisions in a game held after the regular season has been completed. The game is held the first Saturday of December at 8 PM Eastern.

The winner of this game will earn the Big Ten’s automatic berth in the Rose Bowl Game, unless the team is selected to play in the four-team College Football Playoff. If this is the case, they will go to one of the bowls hosting the national semifinals. The winner of this game will also receive the Stagg Championship Trophy, and the most valuable player of this game will receive the Grange-Griffin Championship Game Most Valuable Player Trophy.

The conference currently has a deal making Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis the site of the championship game through 2021.

Wisconsin has the most appearances in the game with six (2011, 2012, 2014, 2016, 2017, 2019), while Ohio State has the most wins with four (2014, 2017, 2018, 2019).

Team selection

The two participating teams in the game are the first place teams from each of the conference’s two divisions.

After the addition of Nebraska to the conference, there was much debate over what would be the best division of the 12 schools. Some felt that it would be best to maintain geographical divisions. Others felt that geography should only be a factor insofar as there was competitive balance between the two divisions. Another very important factor for Big Ten schools was the maintenance of long-standing rivalries that the schools held with each other.

On September 1, 2010, Commissioner Delany revealed how the teams would be placed into the two divisions. They were provisionally called X and O.

Later, on December 13, 2010, Commissioner Delany announced that the two divisions would be called Legends and Leaders. The scheduling arrangement for the schools was that they would face each of the other schools in their division, plus three crossover opponents, one of which would be permanent. The permanent crossover opponent would be used to ensure that long standing historical rivalries would continue.

On August 4, 2011, the Big Ten Conference announced that there would be a nine-game conference schedule beginning in 2017, allowing schools to play four crossover opponents. However, the Big Ten and Pac-12 later announced a multi-sport scheduling agreement that provides for each member school to play one non-conference football game per year against an opponent from the other conference, and with this announcement, the Big Ten backed away from the nine-game conference schedule proposal.

Following the 2014 entry of Maryland and Rutgers, the “Leaders” and “Legends” divisions were set aside and replaced by geographic divisions, with the schools in the Central Time Zone plus Purdue forming the new West Division, and the remaining members forming the East Division. In addition, the conference adopted a nine-game schedule beginning in 2016.


Year Leaders Division Legends Division Site Attendance Viewers
TV Rating MVP
2011 15 Wisconsin Badgers 42 11 Michigan State Spartans 39 Lucas Oil Stadium
Indianapolis, IN
64,152 7.8 4.6 QB Russell Wilson, Wisconsin
2012 Wisconsin Badgers[n 1] 70 14 Nebraska Cornhuskers 31 41,260 4.9 3.0 RB Montee Ball, Wisconsin
2013 2 Ohio State Buckeyes 24 10 Michigan State Spartans 34 66,002 13.9 7.9 QB Connor Cook, Michigan State
East Division West Division
2014 5 Ohio State Buckeyes 59 13 Wisconsin Badgers 0 Lucas Oil Stadium
Indianapolis, IN
60,229 6.1 3.5 QB Cardale Jones, Ohio State
2015 5 Michigan State Spartans 16 4 Iowa Hawkeyes 13 66,985 9.8 5.7 QB Connor Cook, Michigan State
2016 7 Penn State Nittany Lions 38 6 Wisconsin Badgers 31 65,018 9.2 5.2 QB Trace McSorley, Penn State
2017 8 Ohio State Buckeyes 27 4 Wisconsin Badgers 21 65,886 12.9 7.3 RB J. K. Dobbins, Ohio State
2018 6 Ohio State Buckeyes 45 21 Northwestern Wildcats 24 66,375 8.7 5.0 QB Dwayne Haskins, Ohio State
2019 1 Ohio State Buckeyes 34 8 Wisconsin Badgers 21 66,649 QB Justin Fields, Ohio State

Results by team

Appearances School Wins Losses Pct. Year(s) Won Year(s) Lost
6 Wisconsin 2 4 .333 2011, 2012 2014, 2016, 2017, 2019
5 Ohio State 4 1 .800 2014, 2017, 2018, 2019 2013
3 Michigan State 2 1 .667 2013, 2015 2011
1 Penn State 1 0 1.000 2016
1 Iowa 0 1 .000 2015
1 Nebraska 0 1 .000 2012
1 Northwestern 0 1 .000 2018

IllinoisIndianaMarylandMichiganMinnesotaPurdue, and Rutgers have yet to make an appearance in a Big Ten Football Championship Game.


Game Records


Individual passing yards – 499, Dwayne Haskins, OSU (2018)

Individual passing TDs – 5, Dwayne Haskins, OSU (2018)

Team passing yards – 499, Ohio State (2018)

Team passing TDs – 5, Ohio State (2018)

Longest Pass – 85, C. J. Beathard, Iowa (2015)


Individual rushing yards – 220, Ezekiel Elliott, OSU (2014)

Individual rushing TDs – 4, James White, WIS (2012)

Team rushing yards – 539, Wisconsin (2012)

Longest rush – 81, Ezekiel Elliott, OSU (2014)


Individual receiving yards – 155, Saeed Blacknall, PSU (2016)

Individual receiving TDs – 3, B. J. Cunningham, MSU (2011) and Devin Smith, OSU (2014)

Longest reception – 85, Tevaun Smith, Iowa (2015)

Total Offense

Individual total yards – 494, Dwayne Haskins, OSU (2018)

Individual total TDs – 5, James White, WIS (2012) and Dwayne Haskins, OSU (2018)

Team total yards – 640, Wisconsin (2012)


Tackles – 16, Jerome Baker, OSU (2017)

Interceptions – 2, Doran Grant, OSU (2014)

Selection criteria

On September 1, 2011, the Big Ten Conference announced the divisional tiebreaker procedures that will be used to determine the representatives in the championship game. Division standings are based on each team’s overall conference record, excluding teams ineligible for postseason because of sanctions. In the event that two teams are tied, the head-to-head results between those two teams determines the tiebreaker. Unlike the Southeastern Conference, whose rules were established before NCAA overtime and has provisions in case the two tied teams’ game is either cancelled or tied because of inclement weather (NCAA rules permit drawn games if, after three periods have been played, a game is tied when the game is called off because of inclement weather, including reaching curfew), the Big Ten does not have a policy in case the head-to-head result is a tie because of inclement weather.

Three or more-team tiebreaker procedure

If only two teams remain after any of the following steps, the tiebreaker will revert to the two-team tiebreaker above.

  1. The records of the three or more tied teams will be compared against each other.
  2. The records of the three or more tied teams will be compared within their division.
  3. The records of the three or more tied teams will be compared against the next highest placed teams in their division in order of finish (4, 5, 6, and 7).
  4. The records of the three or more tied teams will be compared against all common conference opponents.
  5. The team with the best overall winning percentage (excluding exempted games) will be the representative.
  6. The representative will be chosen by random draw.


  1. ^ Both first place Ohio State and second place Penn State received postseason bans, thus third place Wisconsin represented the Leaders Division.






Ohio State Buckeyes-Wisconsin Badgers for 2019 Big Ten Championship













Jashon Cornell OSU DE Gives OSU Wisconsin title game Preview 12 2019

Ryan Day OSU coach On the Big Ten Championship Game 12 2019

BUCKEYES Record: 12-0, 9-0 Big Ten East Head Coach: Ryan Day Record at Ohio State: 15-0 Career Record: 15-0 BADGERS Record: 10-2, 7-2 Big Ten East Head Coach: Paul Chryst Record at UW: 52-14 (5th year) Career Record: 71-33 (8th year)


BUCKEYES AFTER 38TH BIG TEN TITLE  Ohio State makes its fi fth Big Ten championship game appearance and will seek its 38th Big Ten title on Saturday night against Wisconsin.  The Buckeyes’ 37 Big Ten titles is second most of any conference school and fourth most nationally.  Ohio State’s fi ve Big Ten championship game appearances is second only to six by Wisconsin.

Ohio State’s Championship Game Results 2013 – No. 10 MSU 34, No. 2 Ohio State 24 2014 – No. 5 OSU 59, No. 13 Wisconsin 0 2017 – No. 8 OSU 27, No. 4 Wisconsin 21 2018 – No. 6 OSU 45, No. 21 N’Western 24

FOUR NATIONAL AWARD FINALISTS  Ohio State will be as well represented as any program at the College Football Awards Show in Atlanta next week as four Buckeyes – a program record – are fi nalists for major awards.  Chase Young is up for the Maxwell and Bednarik Awards. He’s also a fi nalist for the Nagerski Award, which will announce its winner next Monday, Dec. 9.  Jeff Okudah is a Thorpe Award fi nalist, J.K. Dobbins is a Doak Walker Award fi nalist and Justin Fields is a Davey O’Brien Award fi nalist.  The last teams to send four players to the College Football Awards show was Florida State and Texas A&M, both in 2013.

HAFLEY A BROYLES AWARD FINALIST  Co-defensive coordinator and secondary coach Jeff Hafley is a finalist for the Broyles Award, which goes annually to the nation’s top assistant coach.  Hafl ey has been one of the arcitects behind a Ohio State defense that ranks in the top five nationally in scoring defense, passing defense, rushing defense and total defense.  The Buckeyes have allowed only 3.73 yards per play this year, best in the country.  The last Ohio State assistant to win the Broyals Award was off ensive coordinator/ quarterbacks coach Tom Herman in 2014.

THREE HEISMAN THROPHY CONTENDERS  Ohio State has three players who are vying to become finalists for the Heisman Trophy: RB J.K. Dobbins, QB Justin Fields and DE Chase Young. A little about each: #2 J.K. Dobbins  Despite four games with zero second half carries, still ranks 4th nationally in rushing yards and per game average.  Has played his best against the best, averaging over 175 yards against four Top 15 defenses.  Rushed for 172 yards vs. Michigan State’s No. 4 ranked rush defense, 163 yards vs. Wisconsin’s No. 1 ranked rush defense, 157 vs. Penn State’s No. 4 defense and 211 with four TDS vs. Michigan’s No. 13 rush defense.  Fourth nationally with 21 TDs and eighth with a 6.63 yards per carry average.  Team captain is just 343 yards away from becoming the fi rst Buckeye with a 2,000- yard rushing season.

#1 Justin Fields  Only merely owns the preposterous stat line of 37 touchdown passes vs. 1 interception.  One of only three 12-0 quarterbacks nationally.  Fourth nationally with a 192.1 passing effi ciency.  Third nationally with 47 total TDs but with 98 and 91 fewer carries/passes (388) than Joe Burrow (47 TDs/486 plays) and Jalen Hurts (50 TDs/481 plays).  Challenging 2018 Heisman Trophy fi nalist Dwayne Haskins’ Big Ten record of 54 total TDs.

#2 Chase Young  Ranks No. 1 in the nation in TFLs (2.0 per game/19.5).  Ranks No. 1 in the nation in quarterback sacks (16.5 and 1.65 per game).  117 sack yards lost is No. 1 nationally; 122 total TFL yards lost is No. 2 and six forced fumbles is No. 2.  Second Buckeye (Mike Vrabel was fi rst) with consecutive 10-or-more QB sack seasons.  Team captain also has contributed 38 total tackles, 1 PBU, 4 QB hurries and a blocked kick.

THE CHASE IS ON  Chase Young has broken Ohio State’s single-season sack record, held previously by Vernon Gholston (14.0 in 2007), and has 16.5 on the season.  Young is second all-time at Ohio State with 30.5 sacks and 5.5 behind Mike Vrabel, who had 36.0.

SPEAKING OF SACKS…  The Buckeyes rank second in the nation in average sacks per game (4.08) and total sacks (49.0).  Ohio State’s 49 sacks this year have come from 15 diff erent players.  The Ohio State single-season team record for sacks is 52.0, set in 2000.

COOPER TO RETURN IN 2020  True senior DE Jonathon Cooper, a team captain and one of the best leaders on the team, will return for a fifth year in 2020.

SCOUTING WISCONSIN  The Badgers won their fourth West Division title in the last fi ve years with a 38-17 victory last week at Minnesota.  Jonathon Taylor ranks second nationally in rushing yards (1,761) and fourth in rushing touchdowns (20).  Quarterback Jack Coan has 17 touchdowns this season against just four interceptions with 2,309 yards and a 72.3 completion percentage (tops in the Big Ten).  Quintez Cephus is Coan’s top target with 45 receptions for 720 yards and a teamhigh six touchdowns.  Wisconsin possesses the nation’s No. 6-ranked total defense, allowing an average of 277.0 yards per game.  The Badgers’ run defense, which is No. 7 nationally, is keyed by the play of Zack Baun, who has 18.5 tackles for loss and 11.5 quarterback sacks.  Linebacker Chris Orr also has 11.5 sacks, second most to Chase Young’s 16.5 in the Big Ten.

SERIES HISTORY VS. WISCONSIN  Ohio State leads the all-time series 60-18- 5 with wins in each of the last six contests and 10 of the last 11.



Ohio State status report for Game 13 Wisconsin Badgers

Game 13 Status Report


Ohio State vs. Wisconsin – Saturday, Dec. 7 – Lucas Oil Stadium; Indianapolis

Game-Time Decision



§  WR Kamryn Babb

§  RB Marcus Crowley

§  OG Gavin Cupp

§  DL Noah Donald

§  WR Ellijah Gardiner

§  SAF Ronnie Hickman

§  WR C.J. Saunders

§  DT Taron Vincent




Blue Jackets place defenseman Zach Werenski on Injured Reserve

DECEMBER 6, 2019

COLUMBUS, OHIO – The Columbus Blue Jackets have placed defenseman Zach Werenski on Injured Reserve retroactive to November 30, club General Manager and Alternate Governor Jarmo Kekalainen announced Friday.


Zach Werenski

Werenski, 22, suffered a shoulder injury on November 30 at the NY Islanders and is expected to miss four weeks.  The Grosse Pointe, Michigan native leads all club defensemen in goals and points (tied) this season with six goals and 10 assists for 16 points in 26 games.  His goal and point totals rank tied for third overall on the Blue Jackets.  Columbus’ first selection, eighth overall, at the 2015 NHL Draft, he has recorded 44-100-144 with 56 penalty minutes and a cumulative +7 plus/minus rating in 263 career NHL games.


The Blue Jackets return to action on Saturday when they visit the Florida Panthers.  Game time from BB&T Center is 7 p.m. ET.  The game will be broadcast live on FOX Sports Ohio and the FOX Sports Go app with coverage beginning at 6:30 p.m. with the “Blue Jackets Live” pre-game show.  The contest will also be broadcast on the Eldorado Gaming Scioto Downs Blue Jackets Radio Network, including CD102.5 FM in Columbus.



Blue Jackets travel to Florida to take on Sergei Borovsky and the Panthers


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