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Dienhart: Spartans, Badgers by the numbers

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.

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Same Five still ranked in BCS Standings

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.

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Tonight on BTN: Ohio State at Michigan

Michigan's Denard Robinson

Ohio State at Michigan - Football Highlights

The votes are in, and our viewers selected Michigan’s 40-34 victory over rival Ohio State as the Big Ten Football Game of the Week. Catch a replay of the game at 9:30 p.m. ET Sunday. If you missed it Saturday, you want to catch the game this time around. The Wolverines had to hold on late to snap a record seven-game losing streak against their archrival, and it wasn’t easy. In the end, it was a case of too much Denard Robinson, who accounted for 337 yards and five touchdowns. Read BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart’s column from the game and watch it again tonight.

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Dienhart: Michigan Wins "The Game"

ANN ARBOR, Mich. – None of the Michigan players were allowed to forget how many days had passes since the Wolverines last beat Ohio State. A countdown clock in the Michigan locker room screamed out the embarrassing fact: 2,926 days.

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Dienhart: Week 13 Snap Reactions

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.

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Ball, Badgers Drill Nits, Off to Indy

Wisconsin's Montee Ball

Penn State at Wisconsin - Football Highlights

(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.

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