The Nebraska Cornhuskers play the Wisconsin Badgers for their first ever Big Ten title in the 2012 Big Ten Championship Game, played Saturday night at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis. Nebraska is a three-point favorite over Wisconsin.
The Huskers, in their second season in the Big Ten, managed a 7-1 conference record and 10-2 overall mark. Quarterback Taylor Martinez fulfilled his offseason promise, improving his completion percentage to 63.6% and setting career highs for completions, passing yards and touchdown passes. Halfback Rex Burkhead, who was a preseason Heisman Trophy candidate but missed much of the season due to injury, returned to action in last week's 13-7 win over Iowa. Backup Ameer Abdullah ran for more than 1,000 yards and eight scores in his absence.
Wisconsin had a disappointing season, going just 7-5 overall and 4-4 in conference play. However, due to postseason sanctions against Legends Division champions Ohio State and runners-up Penn State, Wisconsin gets the division's berth in the championship. Should they win, the Badgers would have the worst winning percentage of a Rose Bowl participant since before World War II. The Badgers have limped to the finish, going 1-3 in their final four games.
Game time, TV channel: 8:00 p.m. ET, FOX
Online streaming video: BTN2Go (available at midnight ET)
Point spread: Nebraska -3
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