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Big 10 Championship Preview: Iowa vs Michigan State

By EFN Staff
Writer
Published: 12/05/2015

Iowa Hawkeyes (12-0) vs. Michigan State Spartans (11-1)

Kickoff Time:
Saturday, December 5, 8:17PM
Location: Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis, Indiana
TV: Fox

In a game that is effectively a play-in game for the College Football Playoff, undefeated No. 4 Iowa takes on No. 5 Michigan State in the Big Ten Championship Game in Indianapolis. The Hawkeyes are making their first appearance in the game, while Michigan State is making its third, and looking for a second victory.

Players to watch
  • Iowa running back Jordan Canzeri ranks fifth in the Big Ten with 964 rushing yards and second in the conference with 12 touchdowns despite missing two games this season. 
  • Michigan State quarterback Connor Cook is the co-leader in the Big Ten with 24 touchdown passes and averages 254.7 yards of total offense per game.

Key Stats

  • Iowa is seeking its 12th Big Ten Championship, and first since 2004.
  • Michigan State has won nine Big Ten titles, with the last coming in 2013.
  • Iowa ranks third in the Big Ten in scoring offense, averaging 33.7 points per game, while Michigan State ranks fourth averaging 33.4.
  • Michigan State has converted on 50.6 percent of its third down attempts to lead the Big Ten.
  • Iowa leads the Big Ten with 17 interceptions, four of which have been returned for touchdowns.
  • Both teams are a Big Ten-best plus-14 in turnover margin this season.
  • Spartans receiver Aaron Burbridge is the only receiver in the Big Ten with more than 1,000 yards this season, finishing with 1,158 and seven touchdowns. 

Injuries

  • Michigan State fullback Trevon Pendleton is doubtful after suffering a leg injury last Saturday.