Iowa secured their spot in the Big Ten Championship after last week's win over Purdue, clinching at least a share of the West division crown. It became an outright title once Wisconsin fell to Northwestern. For good measure, the Hawkeyes fended off Nebraska on Black Friday 28-20 to finish off an undefeated regular season.
Though Iowa entered the weekend with their spot in the league title game already clinched, the East division was still up for grabs. The winner of the Ohio State-Michigan game in Ann Arbor had a chance to still hold implications. The winner of that game would be the East's representatives should Michigan State be unable to hold off Penn State at home on Senior Day.
It was all for show. Despite the Buckeyes looking more than impressive in their 42-13 demolishing of the Wolverines in the Big House, it is the Spartans that will advance to Indianapolis. Michigan State crushed the Nittany Lions at home 55-16. Their defense shined last week when they shut down Ohio State in Columbus and did the same in today's domination of Penn State.
The Hawkeyes and Spartans have fared off in quite a few thrillers over the years. Ferentz has notched two overtime victories over Mark Dantonio's club, in 2007 and 2012. There was also the narrow 15-13 win over the Spartans in 2009. Michigan State had a big triumph in 2008 when they topped Iowa 16-13.
The two teams will battle next Saturday December 5, 2015 at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis with kickoff set to be at 8:17 p.m. EST on FOX. Pregame will start at 6:30 p.m. EST on the Big Ten Network before switching to FOX at 7:30 p.m. EST.