Fans can watch the Iowa vs. Michigan State football game live online and see which team can take the Big Ten title — with the added incentive of a College Football Playoff spot on the line.
The No. 4 Hawkeyes are putting their unbeaten record (12-0, 8-0) record on the line against the No. 5 Spartans (11-1, 7-1), a chance to prove that they can compete against the tough teams from the Big Ten East.
The game kicks off at 8 p.m. on Fox, but those who aren’t able to get to a television will still be able to catch all the action online (link to streaming video can be found below).
But for both programs — known more in recent years for basketball rather than football teams — this is a chance to cement their place within the four-team College Football Playoff bracket.
“I just can’t imagine whoever wins this ball game not being in the playoffs,” Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz said (via ESPN). “But no matter what happens, it won’t diminish what both teams have accomplished.”
Fans who watch the Iowa vs. Michigan State football game live online will see a Hawkeye team looking to pull off a feat that’s more than 90 years in the making. The team finished the regular season unbeaten for the first time since 1922 and could soon have a rare shot at a national title.
But Michigan State is trying to complete their own dream season. The Spartans only blemish was a controversial 39-38 loss to Nebraska and have strong wins over both Ohio State and Penn State.
Whatever happens, both players and coaches are expecting a tight and physical matchup on Saturday.
“We’re two programs that like to play physical football,” Iowa offensive lineman Austin Blythe said (via ESPN). “They’re going to play the full 60, and they’ll take it into overtime if they have to. Just two really good programs that respect each other and understand what they bring to the table and understand that it’s going to be a 60-minute fight.”
Michigan State comes in as a slight a favorite to take the Big Ten title, and for good reason. The team has a fearsome front four, dominating the line of scrimmage on defense and giving up just 37 total points in the three games since the loss to Nebraska. With Iowa struggling in the running game, the Spartans have a chance to make it a long day for Hawkeyes quarterback C.J. Beathard, MLive.com predicted.
Michigan State & Iowa have split their last 4 meetings. FPI gives MSU a 64% chance to win the Big Ten title game. pic.twitter.com/ScOI5jO9tr
— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) December 5, 2015
The Spartans also have a strong leader in quarterback Connor Cook, who is quite familiar with the big stage. He was MVP of the 2013 Big Ten title game and was the steady hand in the team’s 20-point comeback in last year’s Cotton Bowl. The Michigan State team — or at least the upperclassmen — will also have the memories of the 2013 title game win over Ohio State, which also took place in Indianapolis.
The game will have huge implications for the College Football Playoff. Iowa was clinging to the No. 4 spot and Michigan State was just behind at No. 5, but it’s likely that only one team will be able to make the final bracket. That could make Saturday’s game a winner-take-all not only for the Big Ten but for the national title hopes of both teams as well.
Updated College Football Playoff Rankings: 1) Clemson 2) Alabama 3) Oklahoma 4) Iowa 5) Michigan State 6) Ohio State pic.twitter.com/xIs4UrRBiY
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) December 2, 2015
Fans who want to watch the Iowa vs. Michigan State football game live online can find streaming video of the Big Ten championship game through Fox Sports Go.
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