The 2011 Big Ten Football Championship Game was a college football game. It was played on December 3, 2011, at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, Indiana, to determine the 2011 champion of the Big Ten Conference. The Wisconsin Badgers of the Leaders Division beat the Michigan State Spartans of the Legends Division by a score of 42–39. By winning the game, Wisconsin earned a berth in the 2012 Rose Bowl.
|2011 Big Ten Football Championship Game|
Championship Game Logo
|Date||December 3, 2011|
|Stadium||Lucas Oil Stadium|
|Favorite||Wisconsin by 1.5|
|National anthem||Michigan State University Spartan Marching Band and University of Wisconsin Marching Band|
|United States TV coverage|
|Announcers||Gus Johnson (Play-by-play)|
Dhani Jones (Sideline Analyst)
|Nielsen ratings||4.6 (7.8 million viewers)|
|2011 Big Ten football standings|
|No. 11 Michigan State x||7||–||1||11||–||3|
|No. 12 Michigan %||6||–||2||11||–||2|
|No. 24 Nebraska||5||–||3||9||–||4|
|No. 10 Wisconsin xy$||6||–||2||11||–||3|
|Penn State x||6||–||2||9||–||4|
|Championship: Wisconsin 42, Michigan State 39|
Rankings from AP Poll
Kickoff time: 8:19 p.m. • End of Game: 11:52 p.m. • Total elapsed time: 3 hours 33 minutes
The 2011 Big Ten Conference football season is the 116th for the Big Ten. The conference started its season on Saturday, September 3, as each of the conference’s teams began their respective 2011 season of NCAA Division I FBS (Football Bowl Subdivision) competition. This season is Nebraska's first season as a member of the Big Ten, and also marks the creation of conference divisions (named Leaders and Legends), and a championship game. The season was also notable for the Penn State child sex abuse scandal.
For the season, Leaders Division champion Wisconsin finished as conference champion by defeating Legends Division champion Michigan State in the 2011 Big Ten Football Championship Game. Penn State was Leaders Division co-Champion, while Legends Division runner-up Michigan finished with the conference's best record. The conference earned two BCS bowl invitations and compiled a 4–6 overall record in 2011–12 NCAA football bowl games.
The Conference had six 2011 College Football All-America Team consensus selections: Montee Ball, Kevin Zeitler, David Molk, Whitney Mercilus (unanimous), Devon Still, and Jerel Worthy, with the Rimington Trophy going to Molk and the Ted Hendricks Award going to Mercilus. Ball won the Chicago Tribune Silver Football and the conference's players won four national statistical championships: Russell Wilson (passing efficiency), Raheem Mostert (kickoff return average), Ball (scoring), and Mercilus (quarterback sacks).
Following the season the conference contributed 41 to the 2012 NFL Draft, including 4 in the first round: Riley Reiff (23rd), Mercilus (26th), Zeitler (27th), and A. J. Jenkins (30th).2012 Outback Bowl
The 2012 Outback Bowl, the 26th edition of the game, was a post-season American college football bowl game, held on January 2, 2012, at the Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida, as part of the 2011–12 NCAA Bowl season.
The game, which was telecast at 1:00 p.m. ET to a national audience on ABC, featured the Georgia Bulldogs from the Southeastern Conference versus the Michigan State Spartans from the Big Ten Conference. The Michigan State Spartans won 33–30 in the third overtime period.Big Ten Football Championship Game
The Big Ten Football Championship Game is a college football game that is held by the Big Ten Conference each year since 2011 to determine the conference's season champion. The championship game will pit the division champions from the conference's West and East divisions in a game held after the regular season has been completed. The game is held the first Saturday of December at 8 PM Eastern.
The winner of this game will earn the Big Ten's automatic berth in the Rose Bowl Game, unless the team is selected to play in the four-team College Football Playoff. If this is the case, they will go to one of the bowls hosting the national semifinals. The winner of this game will also receive the Stagg Championship Trophy, and the most valuable player of this game will receive the Grange-Griffin Championship Game Most Valuable Player Trophy.
The conference currently has a deal making Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis the site of the championship game through 2021.