Michigan State Vs. Wisconsin, Big Ten Championship 2011 Preview: Badgers Remember Last Time

The inaugural Big Ten Championship Game pits No. 11 Michigan State Spartans against the No. 15 Wisconsin Badgers at Lucas Oil Stadium.

Wisconsin opened the season with six consecutive wins and certainly looked the part of a national title contender. Unfortunately for the Badgers, they fell to this very same Michigan State team in East Lansing by a thrilling 37-31 final back on October 22nd and followed that effort with a four-point road loss to Ohio State. To the credit of coach Bret Bielema and his players, they managed to get back on track and close the regular season with four straight wins. Last weekend, the Badgers earned a berth in this title game by crushing Penn State by a 45-7 final.

Just like the Badgers, the Spartans carry a four-game win streak into this championship game. The lone losses this season for Mark Dantonio's Michigan State squad came at Notre Dame and at Nebraska, while the most recent win occurred last weekend over Northwestern by a 31-17 final.

Game date, time: 8:17 pm ET, Saturday, November 26

Location:  Lucas Oil Stadium - Indianapolis, IN

TV channel: FOX

Spread: Wisconsin favored by 10 points

Series history: Michigan State leads all-time series 29-21

For more on this game, head over to Wisconsin blog Bucky's 5th Quarter and Michigan State blog The Only Colors. Visit SB Nation NCAA Football for more on Championship Weekend.

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