Big Ten Football Weekly Release

Dec. 2, 2016

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• Penn State and Wisconsin will square off in the 2016 Big Ten Football Championship Game on Saturday night at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis. The Nittany Lions are making their first appearance in the conference championship game, while the Badgers are headed to Indianapolis for the fourth time in six years.

• With a victory on Saturday, Wisconsin would earn its fourth Big Ten Championship in seven seasons, following titles in 2010, 2011 and 2012, and its 15th overall. Penn State is seeking its fourth Big Ten Championship and first since 2008. The winner of Saturday's Big Ten Championship Game will receive the Amos Alonzo Stagg Championship Trophy.

• Wisconsin leads the all-time series with Penn State, 9-8, although the Nittany Lions claimed a 31-24 victory in the last meeting between the schools on Nov. 30, 2013, in Madison. Penn State has won four of its last five games against Wisconsin and actually holds an 8-7 series lead against the Badgers since the Nittany Lions began Big Ten play in 1993.

• Penn State earned a share of the East Division title last Saturday with a 45-12 victory at home over Michigan State. It was the Nittany Lions' eighth consecutive win and matched the program record for Big Ten victories in a single season, with both marks first set in 1994. Penn State also secured its spot in the Big Ten Championship Game, thanks to its 24-21 win over Ohio State on Oct. 22 in University Park, Pa.

• Wisconsin claimed the outright West Division title with its 31-17 win at home over Minnesota last Saturday. It was the third divisional crown for the Badgers and second outright championship in three seasons, following their West Division title in 2014. Wisconsin clinched a berth in the Big Ten Championship Game on Friday when Iowa defeated Nebraska.

• Indiana, Maryland and Northwestern each became bowl-eligible last Saturday when they picked up their sixth wins of the season. That gives the Big Ten 10 schools that have secured bowl eligibility this year. Bowl games for Big Ten schools will be announced on Sunday, with the full rundown of Big Ten postseason destinations listed on pages 3 and 5.

• The Big Ten posted the second-highest single-season attendance total in conference history with 6,375,360 fans attending home games. This marks the fourth consecutive season and fifth time in six years that more than six million fans have attended Big Ten home football games.