2018 Big Ten Championship Game: Northwestern vs. Ohio State

By Kevin Kelley -

The 2018 Big Ten Football Championship Game is set with the Northwestern Wildcats squaring off with the Ohio State Buckeyes. The game will be played on Saturday, Dec. 1 at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, Indiana.

The Ohio State Buckeyes (11-1, 8-1 Big Ten) claimed the East Division of the Big Ten Conference after defeating Michigan 62-39 to close the regular season. This will be the fourth appearance in the championship game for the Buckeyes, who are 2-1 with wins over Wisconsin in 2014, 59-0, and 2017, 27-21.

Northwestern clinched the Big Ten West Division title by finishing 8-1 in conference play, three games ahead of Iowa, Purdue, and Wisconsin. This will mark Northwestern’s first-ever appearance in the Big Ten Championship Game.

Ohio State and Northwestern last met in 2016. The Buckeyes won that game 24-20 in Columbus to extend their overall series lead over the Wildcats to 61-14-1.

Brett McMurphy of Stadium currently projects Ohio State to play in the Rose Bowl against the Washington Huskies, while Northwestern is projected to play the Mississippi State Bulldogs in the Outback Bowl.

Big Ten Championship Game

  • Matchup: (21) Northwestern vs. (6) Ohio State
  • Date: Saturday, Dec. 1, 2018
  • Time: 8:00pm ET
  • TV: FOX
  • Crew: Gus Johnson, Joel Klatt, and Jenny Taft

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