Big Ten Football Weekly Release
Nov. 27, 2017


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• Wisconsin and Ohio State will square off in the 2017 Big Ten Football Championship Game presented by Discover on Saturday night at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis. The Badgers are making their fifth appearance in the conference championship game, while the Buckeyes are headed to Indianapolis for the third time.

• With a victory on Saturday, Ohio State would earn its second Big Ten Championship in four seasons, its 36th overall and first since 2014. Wisconsin is seeking its fourth Big Ten Championship in eight years, its 15th overall and first since 2012. The winner of Saturday’s Big Ten Championship Game will receive the Amos Alonzo Stagg Championship Trophy.

• Ohio State leads the all-time series with Wisconsin, 58-18-5, including a 30-23 overtime victory in the last meeting between the schools on Oct. 15, 2016, in Madison. Ohio State has won the past five games in the series against Wisconsin, including a 59-0 victory in the 2014 Big Ten Football Championship Game.

• Ohio State secured the outright East Division title, its sixth consecutive division crown, with a 31-20 win at Michigan last Saturday. This came one weekend after the Buckeyes claimed a share of the East Division crown and a berth in the 2017 Big Ten Football Championship Game with a 52-14 win over Illinois in Columbus.

• Wisconsin claimed the outright West Division title with its 24-10 win at home over Michigan on Nov. 18. It was the fourth divisional crown for the Badgers and third outright championship in four seasons, following their West Division titles in 2014 and 2016. Wisconsin had clinched a berth in the 2017 Big Ten Football Championship Game (and a share of the West Division title) on Nov. 11 with a 38-14 win at home over Iowa.

• Purdue became the eighth Big Ten school to achieve bowl eligibility when the Boilermakers defeated Indiana 31-24 last Saturday to regain possession of the Old Oaken Bucket and earn the program’s first bowl berth since 2012. Purdue joins Iowa, Michigan, Michigan State, Northwestern, Ohio State, Penn State and Wisconsin in becoming bowl eligible. The Big Ten continues to feature the largest bowl lineup in conference history, and the full list of Big Ten postseason destinations can be found on page four.

• The Big Ten posted the fourth-highest single-season attendance total in conference history with 6,225,648 fans attending home games. This marks the fifth consecutive season and sixth time in seven years that more than six million fans have attended Big Ten home football games.