It's prediction time! Who wins Big Ten title game?

All season long, our panel has predicted every Big Ten football game. We’ve also provided polls for Big Ten fans to make their picks. Big Ten fans finished the regular season tied for first place, but now it’s time for the postseason.

First up: the Big Ten title game. Pick your winner in this post.

Sean MerrimanSean Merriman (@BTNSean)
Season record: 80-16
Big Ten title game prediction: Michigan State 24, Ohio State 21

FansBig Ten fans
Season record: 80-16
Big Ten title game prediction: See poll below

Stephen BardoStephen Bardo (@stephenbardo)
Season record: 78-18
Big Ten title game prediction: Michigan State 28, Ohio State 24

Brent YarinaBrent Yarina (@BTNBrentYarina)
Season record: 77-19
Big Ten title game prediction: Ohio State 27, Michigan State 23

Tom DienhartTom Dienhart (@BTNTomDienhart)
Season record: 77-19
Big Ten title game prediction: Ohio State 30, Michigan State 27


MICHIGAN STATE (11-1, 8-0) vs. OHIO STATE (12-0, 8-0) – 8 p.m. ET, FOX

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Your Opinion?
Show Comments (45 Comments)
shookwriter27 on 12/4/2013 @ 3:37pm EDT Said:

It looks to be a toss up game.

Dan on 12/4/2013 @ 4:55pm EDT Said:

Mark D. is a great Coach however his MO Is Tressel ball. Aggressive D and conservative offence. I believe Braxton is just to elusive and between him and Hyde they will break some big plays and MSU doesn’t have the Offence to strike back OSU by 14

Pamela Thacker on 12/4/2013 @ 5:20pm EDT Said:

If Ohio State’s defense shows up, Ohio State will win! GO BUCKS!

Grant on 12/4/2013 @ 5:21pm EDT Said:

come on fans, vote OSU, so we can get first outright when Sean is wrong.

Doug on 12/4/2013 @ 5:24pm EDT Said:

MSU by 3

Bob on 12/4/2013 @ 5:48pm EDT Said:

When you go undefeated last year & this year…you deserve to be in “Nat’l Championship”

Mike Johnson on 12/4/2013 @ 6:49pm EDT Said:

Statistical odds of winning the Big 10 Championship are heavily in OSU’s favor based on past history of MSU vs OSU on winning and with that said, this should be a great game & I’m sure Coach Meyer & the Buckeyes will have no loss of respect for everything MSU is capable of & they know how serious they have to take this game to come out on top. OSU is currently 24-0 and you know they will be totally prepared to make that 25-0!

Kevin Gillman on 12/4/2013 @ 8:26pm EDT Said:

Niot only do Buckeyes deserve national championship game if they win, but remember Vanderbilt was originally going to play them, but backed out at last moment, and Buckeyes played Florida International instead. But let’s just have a good bowl season this year for the entire Big 10, so we can get better respect, and hopefully it ends with Ohio State winning it all. I say Buckeyes win this game 35-31.

Brian Mace on 12/4/2013 @ 9:43pm EDT Said:

I dont think its gonna be close…The Bucks had a bad game last year,against them and besides u dont go undefeated for no reason….Bucks by 10

Dave Riggle on 12/4/2013 @ 10:05pm EDT Said:

Ohio State doesn’t deserve it unless they take your heart on the field SPARTY!!! Do not fold to pressures to get the B1G in the national spot light. That is coming from a life long B1G FAN! Punish Ohio State and their self entitled coach. You have earned this moment in history…. You have found your identity so go out there and take it from them and create your own legacy to be written in history…….

The ES on 12/4/2013 @ 11:34pm EDT Said:

When you cheat another team out of a chance for its first Rose Bowl in 23 years, THE CHEATING Ohio State deserves to be sent home. A OSU team that beat Michigan by 1, playing against a Michigan State team that beat Michigan by 23. I’ll take the latter. Time for PAYBACK.

David Folk on 12/5/2013 @ 8:35am EDT Said:

MSU gonna shock the Buckeyes

Terry McVicker on 12/5/2013 @ 9:53am EDT Said:

I do not think it will be that close.Ohio State 31 and Michigan State 17

Darwin on 12/5/2013 @ 12:31pm EDT Said:

The Buckeyes could barley get around the wolverines D so Dan how is Braxton going to just run free on the Spartans, I dont think so, Ohio State will go down Saturday!!!

zacman83 on 12/5/2013 @ 1:47pm EDT Said:

I think tOSU’s running game grinds out a methodical 200 yards without many big plays, and Braxton hits a couple of big passing plays. MSU’s offense has a couple of good drives but some 3-&-out’s hurt their momentum. 27-17, Buckeyes.

Kevin Rubin on 12/5/2013 @ 2:03pm EDT Said:

Spartans by 10.

Phillip on 12/5/2013 @ 4:45pm EDT Said:

Darwin, buckeyes scored 42 on Michigan d. That’s barely being able to get around them? Bucks overlooked Michigan, not to mention Gardner had the best game of his career scrambling around making plays. Buckeyes will not overlook state you can believe that. Buckeyes by 9.

Garret on 12/5/2013 @ 5:52pm EDT Said:

okay Tom Dienhart writes and article “Top Ten reasons why MSU will be OSU” and boldly predicts OSU will win?????? #WTHeck

Wayne Wilkins on 12/5/2013 @ 6:33pm EDT Said:

I like the guy above who says we don’t deserve to win bc MSU beat UM by 23 and OSU only did by 1….what was MSU’s excuse against Purdue? OSU beat them 56-0, MSU beat them 14-0? Yea that’s what I thought..

Lee Pritchard on 12/5/2013 @ 7:51pm EDT Said:

I wish the Buckeye Nation would Boycott BT Network. If they think Mark Dantonio is the Coach of the Year and all the Spartans they awarded as players of the year they need to understand what Football really is! The Ohio State University Football Team will show up and without a doubt run Michigan State off the field with their heads down like their basketball team. Buckeyes will score and score BIG!!! GO BUCKEYES ALL THE WAY NATIONAL CHAMPIONS!!!!

Jim Majcen on 12/5/2013 @ 8:47pm EDT Said:

Darwin, let’s see, Michigan Beat Notre Dame, ND beats Mich St., Mich St beats Mich, What does this tell you? It tells me Mich had a good day against Ohio St and Still Lost! Ohio St will crush Mich ST

BrooklynSpartan on 12/5/2013 @ 9:16pm EDT Said:

OSU gave up 35 to Illinois. MSU gave up 3. OSU gave up 41 to Michigan. MSU gave up 6. OSU surrendered 30 to Northwestern. MSU surrendered 6.

So, keep clinging to the dream that MSU’s grade B offense means the Buckeyes are a lock for the title game. MSU doesn’t need a great offense – after all – they’re playing the Buckeye defense.

2talltodd on 12/5/2013 @ 9:18pm EDT Said:

Ohio State 31-20. Should be a good one. Strong D against a better O. Lets get ready to rumble…………….

Tom Richard on 12/5/2013 @ 9:40pm EDT Said:

O.S.U. By10!!!

Pete on 12/5/2013 @ 9:55pm EDT Said:

Sparty ON By 14

gthomas1 on 12/5/2013 @ 10:12pm EDT Said:

Buckeyes 34 – Sparty 24

Gary A. Thomas on 12/5/2013 @ 10:28pm EDT Said:

This should be one of the easier games for the Buckeyes, although the sports media doesn’t recognize it. MSU lacks a mobile QB or passing game to attack the Buckeyes sole weakness — their secondary. The Buckeyes have already proven that they can (and will) run and score against usually strong defenses (Iowa, Wisconsin, and TTUN).
I predict a wider score spread than most: Ohio State 38, MSU 20

Donald Morris on 12/5/2013 @ 10:46pm EDT Said:

Bucks get mad go out n blow them out it’s time too show sec go big10. Buckeyes going to show what they got befor championship

davidsonofjack on 12/6/2013 @ 11:46am EDT Said:

This year’s Spartan team has shown more hunger, desire, and grit than in past seasons. MSU wins 21-13.Go GREEN!!

Mark Cunneen on 12/6/2013 @ 12:16pm EDT Said:

Badger fan here. I don’t particularly like either State school but I believe MSU will play with a chip on their shoulder and OSU will be exposed. I still can’t believe Meyer didn’t suspend that kid for the obscene gesture at Michigan. Win at all costs Urban? Glad I am not an OSU alumnus. I would be embarrassed. MSU 21 – OSU 17.

Mark B. on 12/6/2013 @ 12:18pm EDT Said:

OSU was lucky winning against a less than stellar Michigan team. They have not been up against the type of all-around defense MSU has. MSU should rise to the occasion and knock the Scarlet and Gray out of the big championship. Go Green! MSU 21-OSU 17

Ron on 12/6/2013 @ 1:19pm EDT Said:

Sparty’s goal was to win the division, Big 10 and go to a Rose Bowl and while I certainly dont speak for coach D, As a Spartan, I feel we have a good chance to win but I am far more focused on the Rose Bowl than what happens on the field tomorrow. Luckily I know Coach D and the team will be laser focused for Saturday! I dont hate OSU, we save that for our little sisters in Ann Arbor. It would be an exciting thing to see OSU in the NCG and Spartans roll the PAC in the Rose Bowl! Tired of the SEC hypnosis-Go Big 10. Spartans win 20-17!

HARRY RITCHART on 12/6/2013 @ 1:21pm EDT Said:


Mike Lee on 12/6/2013 @ 2:02pm EDT Said:

Anybody that thinks the Spartans play “Tressel Ball” you are clearly uninformed, haven’t watched the Spartans and probably shouldn’t be predicting this game because you clearly don’t know what your talking about… This is a toss up game. If OSU wins they absolutely deserve to go to the NCG… However, MSU wins this game by 6… Giving the Buckeyes their first loss in 2 years…

Themelis Tom Galouzis on 12/6/2013 @ 4:40pm EDT Said:

OSUs defense does not do well with mobile quarterbacks, in this game that won’t be the case, because Spartys quarterback is a pocket passer, Spartys defense is one of the best if not the best in the country, but hasn’t faced a quarterback like Miller it will not be a blowout that is for sure, but I think If OSUs defense does us the honor of showing up in this game, the result will not be good for Sparty. Good luck to all the B1G teams in their bowl games!!!!!!!!!

phpearso on 12/6/2013 @ 4:50pm EDT Said:

Bucks will come to play. 17 points predictions for tOSU by Sparty fans is obtuse.

Larry Weaver on 12/6/2013 @ 5:16pm EDT Said:

Everyone who says Michigan State will beat Ohio State and knock them out of the national championship, has to realize, the media has a hard time recognizing any Big Ten school as worthy to be in the BCS. It would be a given that even if Ohio State wins, the feelings will remain the same. Thus a lot of media thinks Sparty will win, in hopes that NO Big Ten School is in the BCS.

Brian Kyle on 12/6/2013 @ 5:57pm EDT Said:

Michigan State shut down Michigan, Ohio State could not, Michigan State found its “O” also against Michigan!!! SPARTY shuts down Miller and Hyde wins by at least a Touchdown and if the right things happen a big debate will follow!!!

Doug Masters on 12/6/2013 @ 7:02pm EDT Said:

Brian kyle what happened against Minnesota 0-8 on third down and the gohpers moved the ball MSU has no offense

Bonnie on 12/6/2013 @ 10:16pm EDT Said:

Buckeyes will win handily Saturday night!! Sorry Sparty, you’re going down!

John D. Hinckley on 12/6/2013 @ 11:59pm EDT Said:

I think that this will be a low scoring game because of MSU’s defense. I think MSU wins 16-13.

steve on 12/7/2013 @ 7:17am EDT Said:

I don’t believe MS can handle our one has yet..Our defense will come to play!!OSU 27 MSU 13

Ronald G Miller on 12/7/2013 @ 9:40am EDT Said:

Buckeyes are 27-1 (0.964) when scoring 20+ points vs MSU; 20-0 (1.000) when scoring 24+ vs MSU; by the way Bucks are 286-0-1 (0.998) when scoring 35+; when scoring 28+ they are 444-6-1(0.986). Buckeyes are 1-12 (0.077) when scoring 20 points or less vs MSU. MSU defense is VERY GOOD, but I don’t see them stopping Dr Miller and Mr Hyde. Why Dr Miller, because without the wintery elements Miller’s passing game will be as precise as a surgeon. Hyde if you’ve seen him run no explanation necessary. Go Bucks!

Randy Nodorft on 12/7/2013 @ 2:56pm EDT Said:

Ohio State easily!

Darwin on 12/7/2013 @ 5:29pm EDT Said:

Come on Phillip, 42- 41, If not by the luck of a bad play OSU would have went down!!!