Kickoff is just hours away. BCS No. 2 Ohio State and BCS No. 10 Michigan State each has a lot on the line in the third annual Big Ten championship game. For the Buckeyes, a victory figures to push them to the BCS title game. For the Spartans, a triumph will mean a trip to the Rose Bowl for the first time since the 1987 season.
After addressing the media on Friday afternoon at Lucas Oil Stadium, both Urban Meyer and Mark Dantonio made one thing clear – This year’s Big Ten Championship Game is going to be a good one. Scratch that. A GREAT one.
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.
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.
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.