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Big Ten CommunicationsPublished: 11/20/2023, Last updated: 3/15/2024
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Week 13 Football Release

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• Entering Week 13, two teams in the East Division remain in contention for berths into the 2023 Big Ten Football Championship Game presented by Discover. The action opens on Friday at noon ET and features seven conference games and six divisional matchups. The complete schedule can be found to the right. The complete schedule can be found to the right.

• Michigan and Ohio State sit atop the East Division standings with matching 8-0 Big Ten records. The East Division participant in the Big Ten Football Championship Game presented by Discover will be decided this weekend, with the winner of the Michigan-Ohio State game earning the right to face Iowa on Dec. 2.

• Iowa defeated Illinois, 15-13, on Saturday to improve to 9-2 overall and 6-2 in conference play. The Hawkeyes’ victory gave them the outright West Division title and a spot in the Big Ten Football Championship Game for the third time in program history. The Hawkeyes last claimed a division title in 2021 when they finished the regular season with a 7-2 record in Big Ten play and went on to play Michigan in the Big Ten Football Championship Game.

• The 2023 Big Ten Football Championship Game will be played at 8 p.m. ET on Saturday, Dec. 2, at Indianapolis’ Lucas Oil Stadium and will be televised nationally on FOX. The winner will earn the Amos Alonzo Stagg Championship Trophy and a chance to play in one of the six bowls that comprise the College Football Playoff.

• Four Big Ten teams appear in the AP Poll this week. Ohio State leads the conference at No. 2, followed by No. 3 Michigan, No. 11 Penn State and No. 20 Iowa. 

• The College Football Playoff will release its next set of top 25 rankings on Tuesday, Nov. 21. The Big Ten had four teams in last week’s CFP’s rankings, including three teams in the top 10: No. 2 Ohio State, No. 3 Michigan, No. 12 Penn State and No. 16 Iowa.

• There are just six undefeated teams remaining in the FBS, including two Big Ten teams: Michigan (11-0) and Ohio State (11-0). The Buckeyes travel to Ann Arbor this weekend to face the Wolverines in 119th meeting between these teams.

• Michigan and Penn State currently rank among the top 15 nationally in both scoring offense and scoring defense. The Wolverines lead the nation in scoring defense (9.0 points per game), while ranking No. 11 nationally in scoring offense (38.3 points per game). The Nittany Lions rank No. 4 nationally in scoring defense (12.5 points per game), while ranking 15th in scoring offense (36.7 points per game).

• Five additional Big Ten teams rank in the top 25 in terms of scoring defense: Ohio State (2nd, 9.3 points per game), Iowa (3rd, 12.4), Nebraska (19th, 18.7), Rutgers (20th, 19.1) and Wisconsin (24th, 19.4).

• Additionally, the Big Ten has three teams in the top 10 in terms of rushing defense: No. 3 Penn State (79.2 yards per game), No. 5 Nebraska (86.5) and No. 8 Michigan (90.0), and five teams in the top 15 in terms of defensive passing efficiency: Ohio State (1st, 92.73), Michigan (3rd, 97.95), Iowa (4th, 98.36), Penn State (10th, 110.94) and Rutgers (11th, 113.05).

• Iowa, Maryland, Michigan, Northwestern, Ohio State, Penn State, Rutgers and Wisconsin have all secured bowl eligibility by reaching six wins this season, while Illinois, Minnesota and Nebraska need just one more win to become eligible. The Big Ten will continue to feature the largest bowl lineup in conference history.

• Seven Big Ten Conference programs appear in the top 20 of the latest NCAA attendance rankings, including the nation’s top three schools: No. 1 Michigan (109,864 fans per game), No. 2 Penn State (108,409), No. 3 Ohio State (103,792), No. 12 Nebraska (86,905), No. 18 Wisconsin (75,391), No. 19 Michigan State (70,211) and No. 20 Iowa (69,250). Additionally, Big Ten teams own 14 of the top 15 single-game attendance highs this season, including the top nine spots.

• Maryland’s Taulia Tagovailoa, Michigan’s Zak Zinter and Penn State’s Olumuyiwa Fashanu were named finalists for the 2023 William V. Campbell Trophy on Oct. 25. Now in its 34th year, the Campbell Trophy is presented annually to the nation’s top football scholar-athlete. The finalists will travel to the 65th NFF Annual Awards Dinner Presented by Las Vegas on Dec. 5, where one member of the class will be declared as the winner of the 34th Campbell Trophy and have his postgraduate scholarship increased to $25,000.

• This season’s Playoff Semifinals will take place Monday, January 1, 2024, at the Allstate Sugar Bowl and the Rose Bowl. Houston will host the College Football Playoff National Championship on Monday, January 8, 2024, at NRG Stadium. The College Football Playoff matches the No. 1 ranked team vs. No. 4, and No. 2 vs. No. 3 in semifinal games that rotate annually among six bowl games – the Goodyear Cotton Bowl, Vrbo Fiesta Bowl, Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl, Capital One Orange Bowl, Allstate Sugar Bowl and Rose Bowl Game.

Friday, November 24, 2023 Football

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12:00 P.M.Lincoln, Neb. (Conf.)

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Michigan State

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Penn State

7:30 P.M.East Lansing, MI (Conf.)TV: NBC Stats Radio: Spartan Media Network Video
Saturday, November 25, 2023 Football

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Ohio State

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12:00 P.M.Ann Arbor, Mich. (Conf.)TV: Fox Stats Video

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12:00 P.M.West Lafayette, Ind. (Conf.)TV: BTN Stats Radio: WAZY (96.5 FM)

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3:30 P.M.Piscataway, NJ (Conf.)TV: Big Ten Network Stats Radio: WFAN 660-AM/101.9-FM, FOX Sports New Jersey 93.5-FM/1450-AM, SiriusXM 160 or 201, SXM app, Audacy app, Scarlet Knights app Audio Video

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3:30 P.M.Champaign, Ill. (Conf.)TV: Big Ten Network Stats Radio: WGN Radio 720

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3:30 P.M.Huntington Bank Stadium (Conf.)TV: FS1 Stats Radio: Badger Sports Network Video