Vote now: We predict Big Ten title game winner

Every week this season,’s Brent Yarina (@BTNBrentYarina) and Tom Dienhart (@BTNTomDienhart) have offered their predictions for each Big Ten football game and provided polls for fans to pick their winners. We’re doing the same for the Big Ten title game and bowl season.

Heading into the title game, fans are atop the season standings. Congrats! You are two games ahead of Dienhart and six in front of Yarina. See our title game predictions and choose your winner in this post.

Nebraska (10-2, 7-1) Wisconsin (7-5, 4-4) – 8 p.m. ET, Saturday, FOX

SEASON RECORDS fans 75-21 .781
Tom Dienhart 73-23 .760
Brent Yarina 69-27 .719

Tom’s pick: Nebraska, 35-33 – Like last year’s game, this figures to be a back-and-forth affair. Each team will be able to run the football. The difference will be the quarterbacks. Taylor Martinez will make more plays than Curt Phillips, whose lack of big-game experience will shine through.

Brent’s pick: Nebraska, 31-20Simply put, Nebraska’s offense boasts too many playmakers, from Taylor Martinez to one of the conference’s deepest collections of running backs and wide receivers. Plus, its defense isn’t too shabby, either.

Now, it’s your turn.


Wisconsin Offense (FBS Rank)
Yards: 4565 (81)
Passing Yards: 2013 (112)
Rushing Yards: 2552 (20)
Points per game: 27.5 (74)
Yards per game: 380.4 (85)
Touchdowns: 42 (57)
Field Goals: 10 (86)
Wisconsin Defense (FBS Rank)
Yards: 3695 (13)
Passing Yards: 2359 (29)
Rushing Yards: 1336 (14)
Points per game: 18.1 (17)
Yards per game: 307.9 (11)
Touchdowns: 26 (22)
Field Goals: 10 (19)

Wisconsin coach Bret Bielema understands a lot of people believe his Badgers don’t deserve to be playing in the Big Ten championship game. Asked if he’s insulted by the sentiment, he says he’s not.

“I appreciate the question and understand it totally,” he said Sunday. “I think there are 10 teams out there in the Big Ten that would love to be in the position Nebraska and we’re in right now. When the two teams take the field on Saturday, neither is going to care how the other team got there or what their record is.”

Nebraska Offense (FBS Rank)
Yards: 5531 (25)
Passing Yards: 2505 (82)
Rushing Yards: 3026 (7)
Points per game: 35.4 (29)
Yards per game: 460.9 (26)
Touchdowns: 50 (31)
Field Goals: 18 (21)
Nebraska Defense (FBS Rank)
Yards: 3820 (18)
Passing Yards: 1826 (2)
Rushing Yards: 1994 (75)
Points per game: 22.6 (31)
Yards per game: 318.3 (15)
Touchdowns: 29 (25)
Field Goals: 13 (58)

And Nebraska coach Bo Pelini said he doesn’t buy that some of the luster is off the Big Ten championship game because unbeaten Ohio State, which finished first in the Leaders, won’t be there.

“I don’t really care what people say about that,” he said. “Wisconsin is there because they deserve to be there. (Ohio State’s) not there for a reason. That’s not taking anything away from Urban Meyer or the kids who played at Ohio State and played their tails off, but there’s a reason they’re not there.”

Read the full AP preview here.


Your Opinion?
Show Comments (11 Comments)
sbuel2 on 11/30/2012 @ 11:03am EDT Said:

With Ohio State and Penn State on probation only four teams were eligible for this game, Leaders have the three weakest B1G teams for the other six members so Wisconsin won the games to be eligible so get off it. Penn State has a major probation just starting and Ohio State knows that the unbeaten season is the only thing going for them Wisconsin earned the privelege from Leaders so let the game go on without dumb questions like that. Hope Nebraska plays error free, they have the best talent in the game, except for Montee Ball, but Nebraska tends to self-destruct. Wisconsin does have some great defensive players so it should be a good game.

John Gasser on 11/30/2012 @ 11:17am EDT Said:

Wisconson didn’t put the suspensions on OSU or PSU, so don’t blame the Badgers for being in the game. That being said, all the pressure is on Nebraska. Can you imagine Wisconsin going to the Rose Bowl at 8 and 6. Don’t laugh, there is a good chance it could happen.

Will on 11/30/2012 @ 12:22pm EDT Said:

This game, just like most of the Big Ten games played this year by/between Ohio State, Wisconsin, Penn State, Michigan, Northwestern, Michigan State and Nebraska, should be a fight to the very end. Let’s hope the best team wins and that they are capable of beating the Pac 10 champ in the Rose. In a logical world, it would look much better for the Big Ten if Nebraska won out and was in the top ten at the end of the year along with OSU. 2013 Big Ten expectations would be given a much needed boost.

Off Topic: One thing that I would like to mention is that rumor has it that Urban Meyer may be on the broadcast of this game and in my opinion, this would be in poor taste. Nothing against Urban but why select him, why not the Big Ten coach of the year (Obrien) or any one of the other Big Ten coaches! <– I do not believe this is in the best interest of the Big Ten as a whole a many coaches and fans already feel Urban gets favorable attention in most everything he does anyways. I have to be honest; I would have loved to see Michigan knock off Ohio State if only to unseat Urban as the Tim Tebow of the Big Ten.

sbuel2 on 11/30/2012 @ 12:56pm EDT Said:

Will everyone besides OSU fans would have like Michigan to beat OSU but it didn’t happen. The rest of the B1G will hear forever about this unbeaten season and what might have been. They were on probation for a reason and yet honored Jim Tressel who put them there. and still complain that it wasn’t fair???? Again a football program bigger than the school and what is right and wrong.

blake on 11/30/2012 @ 1:16pm EDT Said:

Omg can we get over the wat ifs w osu and psu.

nate on 11/30/2012 @ 3:02pm EDT Said:

Cornhuskers win championship goes to Rose bowl playes UCLA and gets redemption!! NU is a way better team now than then.GO BIG RED!!

Doug on 11/30/2012 @ 6:16pm EDT Said:

blake, osu and psu are in the same division and neither are in the big ten title game, what are you talking about? and sbuel, every MSU fan was rooting for OSU against Michigan, not only cause we hate Michigan, but because everyone knew OSU was going nowhere at 12-0

georgia on 11/30/2012 @ 6:25pm EDT Said:

I think the Champ. game is a little unfair. NU has a much better record so are the better team. It could be swayed greatly by just an injury. Win or lose NU is still the best team!!!

GARY HERROD on 11/30/2012 @ 6:44pm EDT Said:


Mike Cember on 11/30/2012 @ 11:35pm EDT Said:

The Huskers represent the University of Nebraska (UN). NU, in the Big 10 is Northwestern University. Has been since the conference’s first season.

Bob on 12/1/2012 @ 7:24am EDT Said:

Tell me, how does a team go from 7-5 to 8-6 in one game?