P4RB. Sounds weird, doesn’t it? It doesn’t mean anything to you. But it means everything to Michigan State. Its meaning: Prepare For the Rose Bowl. And it has become a motivating acronym for the Spartans in their improbable quest for the Big Ten championship and trip to Pasadena.
So, the stage is set. It will be Michigan State, representing the Legends Division, and Wisconsin, representing the Leaders Division, in the inaugural Big Ten Football Championship Game on Saturday in Indianapolis. The two teams met earlier this season, with the Spartans winning a last-second thriller on Oct. 22. To help preview the rematch, BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart considers most important numbers for each team in this post.
Legends Division champ Michigan State comes in at No. 13 in the latest BCS Standings, released Sunday night. The Spartans pace five Big Ten teams in the poll, as No. 15 Wisconsin, No. 16 Michigan, No. 19 Nebraska and No. 21 Penn State represent the conference’s other ranked teams. As for the Big Ten getting two teams in the BCS, remember that a team must finish in the top 14 to earn an at-large bid. That could spell trouble for Michigan, which many thought would earn a bid following its win over Ohio State.
Following the action every Saturday, BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart breaks down what every game, every result means for the teams involved and the Big Ten itself. See Tom’s Week 13 Snap Reactions in this post.
BTN.com has a new staple every Saturday night. It’s called “United States Marine Corps: Leaders of the Week,” and it’s a feature designed to honor the best from every weekend of Big Ten action. Find the top performances and quotes from Week 13 in this post.
(AP) Montee Ball scored four more touchdowns in his pursuit of an NCAA record, powering No. 15 Wisconsin to a 45-7 rout of No. 20 Penn State and a spot in next week’s Big Ten championship game. Ball has scored 34 touchdowns this season for the Badgers (10-2, 6-2 Big Ten), the second-most in a single season in NCAA history. Barry Sanders holds the record, scoring 39 for Oklahoma State in 11 games in the 1988 season. With the win, Wisconsin will play Big Ten Legends division winner Michigan State in Indianapolis next Saturday. The Nittany Lions (9-3, 6-2) took an early 7-0 lead but quickly unraveled, falling behind 28-7 by halftime. Read the full AP recap, see the box score and view our Big Ten scoreboard.
Five Big Ten men’s basketball teams played Saturday, and you can catch up on all the action and stats on our Big Ten scoreboard. Only one Big Ten women’s team played Sunday – Michigan vs. Marquette. Purdue and Wisconsin both cruised to victories today, with the Boilers drilling Coppin State, 78-57, and the Badgers routing BYU for the Chicago Invitational title. Watch our highlights from the Badgers’ tournament title win now and get recaps from all the day’s action inside.