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Friday notebook: A look at some B1G numbers

In less than 24 hours Michigan State and Ohio State will take the field to face off in the 2013 Big Ten Football Championship Game. There is plenty at stake. For now, let’s take a look at some numbers on both sides of the ball for both sides starting with this one: Ohio State and Michigan State have played six common foes in 2013. They are Michigan, Iowa, Northwestern, Illinois, Indiana and Purdue. The Buckeyes’ total margin of victory in those tilts is 130; MSU’s margin was 126. Here’s a look at some more interesting figures leading up to Saturday

MSU defense, OSU offense eyeing each other

INDIANAPOLIS — The marquee on the Big Ten title game says “Ohio State vs. Michigan State.” But it may as well say “Ohio State’s offense vs. Michigan State defense.” That’s what many are focused on the eve of the game. Why not? Each is among the best in the nation in their respective field. And whoever wins that battle will go a long way toward winning the Big Ten championship game on Saturday night at Lucas Oil Stadium. Check out some of the numbers: Ohio State leads the Big Ten and ranks third in the NCAA in scoring (48.2 ppg).

Meet the press: Watch Friday's media sessions

Both football coaches spoke with reporters at the Big Ten Football Championship press conferences today in Indianapolis, and BTN aired them both live. Ohio State’s Urban Meyer went first and Michigan State’s Mark Dantonio followed up. We’v posted video of both session in this post and transcripts below those videos. Later today, #BTNLive, with Dave Revsine, Gerry DiNardo, Howard Griffith and Glen Mason, will air live from the Big Ten Fan Fest at 6 p.m. ET. Also, Mike Hall will host BTN’s Big Ten Football Report Championship Preview at 7 p.m. ET with Brandon Williams, Jim Miller and Stanley Jackson.

Photos: Friday's Big Ten preparations

Our crew from “The Journey: Big Ten Football 2013” presented by Best Buy is in Indianapolis to cover the Big Ten Football Championship for an episode of the show next week. As they have done all season, they’re posting great behind-the-scenes photos to their Instagram page. We’ve pulled out a few in this post. Have a look. Michigan State arriving to Lucas Oil for walk through A post shared by btnjourney (@btnjourney) on Dec 6, 2013 at 11:15am PST Spartan Dawgs getting off @msu_football plane. #btnjourney on Tarmac. @money23green @msu_basketball @kirkcousins8 A post shared by btnjourney (@btnjourney) on Dec 6,

Big Ten writers make title game predictions

The picks are in! I canvassed my writing colleagues from all Big Ten precincts, as well as some national scribes and pundits, to get their prediction on the Big Ten title game between Ohio State and Michigan State this Saturday night in Indianapolis. And yes, we asked for a predicted final score, too. Check it out. And don’t forget that you can vote for your pick here all the way up to the game. *** Scott Dochterman, Cedar Rapids Gazette: Ohio State 23, Michigan State 20 OT Bill King, SiriusXM Radio: Ohio State 28, Michigan State 17 Tom Shatel, Omaha

Dienhart: Looking back at last time OSU-MSU met

Adding to the intrigue of the Ohio State vs. Michigan State Big Ten championship game is the fact the teams didn’t play this fall. The Buckeyes cross-division foes in 2013 were Michigan, Iowa and Northwestern. The Spartans played Purdue, Indiana and Illinois. The last time these teams met was on Sept. 29, 2012, in East Lansing, Mich. It was the Big Ten opener for each team. And, for Buckeyes coach Urban Meyer, it was his first Big Ten game. [MORE: B1G Title Game from A to Z | Buckeyes scouting report | Spartans scouting report ] Unranked Ohio State was

Dienhart: Laying out Big Ten Title Game from A to Z

The Big Ten Football Championship game is being analyzed from every possible angle. And that’s just on this website. But let’s not stop there as we are days away from the big game between No. 2 Ohio State and No. 10 Michigan State. I’m headed to Indianapolis for all of the hoopla on Friday and I’ll be covering Saturday night’s game of course, too. So here is my  look at the big clash from A to Z. [MORE: Predict the winner | Buckeyes scouting report | Spartans scouting report ] A, is for Anticipation. This is the most anticipated Big

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

All season long, our BTN.com 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 Merriman (@BTNSean) Season record: 80-16 Big Ten title game prediction: Michigan State 24, Ohio State 21 Big Ten fans Season record: 80-16 Big Ten title game prediction: See poll below Stephen Bardo (@stephenbardo) Season record: 78-18 Big Ten title game prediction: Michigan State

Dienhart: 10 reasons why Ohio State can win

There’s a lot to like about Ohio State and its chances to beat Michigan State in the league title tilt and win the Big Ten championship. The biggest hope is a killer offense. Here are 10 reasons why the Buckeyes can win the conference and perhaps go to the BCS title game for the first time since making back-to-back appearances after the 2006-07 seasons. [ MORE: Get all of our Big Ten title game coverage ] 1. Mojo. The Buckeyes are on a big-time roll, having won 24 games in a row. No one in the nation is hotter. There

Dienhart: 10 reasons why Michigan State can win

There’s a lot to like about Michigan State and its chances to beat Ohio State in the league title tilt and win the Big Ten championship. The biggest hope is a killer defense. Here are 10 reasons why the Spartans can win the conference and go to the Rose Bowl for the first time since the 1987 season. [ MORE: Get all of our Big Ten title game coverage ] 1. The Spartans can pound the rock. But when the season began, no one was sure who was gonna be the primary ball carrier with Le’Veon Bell gone early to