No. 6 Wisconsin and No. 7 Penn State will play in the Big Ten Championship Game on Saturday night, both still clinging to slim College Football Playoff hopes. The Nittany Lions have reached the conference title game in Indianapolis for the first time, while the Badgers are making their fourth appearance in six seasons.
Penn State has won eight consecutive games, including a 45-12 victory over Michigan State to clinch the Big Ten East and a home upset of Ohio State in October. Wisconsin has lost just twice this season — at home against Ohio State and at Michigan, both in one possession games. The Badgers wrapped up the Big Ten West with a Nebraska loss to Iowa last week.
Here’s everything you need to know to watch the Big Ten Championship Game on Saturday night.
2016 Big Ten Championship Game start time, details
Date: Saturday, Dec. 3
Time: 8:17 p.m. ET
Location: Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis
Teams: No. 6 Wisconsin (10-2, 7-2 Big Ten) and No. 6 Penn State (10-2, 8-1)
Betting odds: Wisconsin is a 3-point favorite at most sports books, with the total at 46.5
What TV channel is Penn State-Wisconsin in the Big Ten Championship on?
FOX will broadcast the Big Ten Championship Game between Penn State and Wisconsin.
How can I watch the Big Ten Championship Game between Penn State and Wisconsin online?
FoxSportsGo.com and the Fox Sports Go app will carry the Big Ten Championship live online.
Big Ten Championship keys to the game
Penn State’s offensive line vs. Wisconsin’s pass rush
Wisconsin’s T.J. Watt and Vince Biegel form a scary pass-rushing duo, and Penn State’s offensive line is banged up. Nittany Lions QB Trace McSorley is more than capable of making plays under pressure, but his front needs to stand up tall against Wisconsin.
The Badgers have 31 sacks this season, 27th most in FBS. Penn State actually has 37, but will have a tougher time against this offensive line.
Who makes the big plays?
Penn State has made a ton of big plays this season — its 80 plays of 20-plus yards ranks No. 7 in the country. Wisconsin’s 54 ranks 81st.
The two defenses are probably the two best units in this game, despite Penn State’s offensive success. That’s why this game could come down to who makes a big play or two on offense.
Saquon Barkley, Alex Hornibrook not 100 percent?
Bart Houston, who began the year as the starter for the Badgers, has been inconsistent under center. Barkley is a rare talent, but the Nittany Lions have some backs behind him.