Big Ten Championship

Big Ten Championship

Jacob Susong (Senior)

This year’s college football regular season has come to an end.  In particular, this has been an interesting season for the Big Ten conference.  With the league being divided into two sides, an east and west division, the team with the best record on each side will play in the Big Ten championship game this Saturday, December 3rd, in Indianapolis.

The East division champions were the Michigan Wolverines.  They hold a perfect 12-0 record going into the postseason.  The Wolverines defeated their rival Ohio State this past weekend by a score of 45-23.  Ohio State came into the game 11-0 and was projected to win.  This was the second year in a row both teams came into the matchup undefeated with playoff hopes.  This was the first time Michigan has defeated Ohio State in Columbus since 2000.

“I was not expecting Michigan to win.  I felt like Ohio State’s offense was too powerful for them to stop.  Especially since they have Marvin Harrison Jr. at wide receiver,” said sophomore Dax Frost.

The West division champions are the hometown Purdue Boilermakers.  After a solid 8-4 season, and defeating their rival Indiana Hoosiers in their final regular season game, the Boilermakers are headed to their first ever Big Ten Championship game.

“It’s really exiting.  I’ve never experienced Purdue being in a Big Ten Championship game and I’m really looking forward to it,” said senior Evan Wright.

The Boilermakers come into the matchup as 16-point underdogs.  It will be interesting to see if they can keep up with Michigan’s high-powered offense led by sophomore quarterback J.J. McCarthy.

“I think that they can make it a close game.  Purdue definitely doesn’t have the star power that Michigan has, but they have enough good players to make it close,” said Wright.