Big Ten Championship: 3 things to know before the Badgers take on Ohio State

As the Wisconsin Badgers prepare to take on Ohio State in Indianapolis in the Big Ten championship game Saturday night, News 3’s sports team has the three things you should watch for.

The Badgers are not only looking to clinch the Big Ten Championship title, they’re also hoping to lock down a college football playoff spot. What are the main factors?

1. Will J.T. Barrett be able to play – and play well? Ohio’s starting quarterback had knee surgery Sunday, and Coach Urban Meyer has suggested he’s good to go, but if his mobility is limited, the Badgers defense will expose it early.

2. Forget about last year’s Big Ten Championship game. The Badgers blew the lead in the second half of the game against Penn State and ultimately lost 38-31. Linebacker Garret Dooley says the Badgers had a hard time moving past making a bad play that night, and it snowballed. This year, Dooley says the Badgers have a consistent, stable mindset and figure it won’t happen again.

3. Win the line of scrimmage. Coach Paul Chryst says both teams have big offense and defensive lines, and whoever’s line can control the other team’s line will take home the title. Chryst says that’s the case in any game he’s coached, and it should be the case Saturday night.

Kickoff for the Big Ten Championship game is at 7:17 p.m. at Lucas Oil Stadium. You can catch the game on FOX 47.

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