Big Ten Football

Michigan Wolverines vs Iowa Hawkeyes 

FOX| Gus Johnson, Joel Klatt and Jenny Taft | 8:17 PM EST Lucas Oil Stadium | Indianapolis, Indiana 

Series: Michigan leads 42-15-4 all-time—Iowa has won 5 of the last 7 meetings 

This is the first time Michigan has appeared in the Big Ten Championship game, Iowa is making their second trip to the title game. The Hawkeyes to Michigan State 16-13 in the 2015 Championship. Since the Eas/West Divisions were created in 2014, the East has gone 7-0 with the average margin being 17.3 points per game. In fact the average margin for all 10 Big Ten Championship games has been 17.3 points per game.  

Championship Game History 

Year Winner Loser MVP 
2011 Wisconsin 42 Michigan State 39 QB Russell Wilson, Wisconsin 
2012 Wisconsin 70 Nebraska 31 RB Montee Ball, Wisconsin 
2013 Michigan State 34 Ohio State 24 QB Connor Cook, MSU 
2014 Ohio State 59 Wisconsin 0 QB Cardale Jones, OSU 
2015 Michigan State 16 Iowa 13 QB Connor Cook, MSU 
2016 Penn State 38 Wisconsin 31 QB Trace McSorley, PSU 
2017 Ohio State 27 Wisconsin 21 RB J.K Dobbins, OSU 
2018 Ohio State 45 Northwestern 24 QB Dwayne Haskins, OSU 
2019 Ohio State 34 Wisconsin 21 QB Justin Fields, OSU 
2020 Ohio State 22 Northwestern 10 RB Trey Sermon, OSU 

Most Appearances 

Ohio State (6) 5-1 
Wisconsin (6) 2-4 
Michigan State (3) 2-1 
Northwestern (2) 0-2 
Iowa (2)* 0-1 
Penn State (1) 1-0 
Nebraska (1) 0-1 
Michigan (1)* 0-0 

*Includes this year. 

Michigan Wolverines 

  • Michigan is 18th in the nation with an opponent’s third down rate of 32.9% 
  • Michigan has scored points in  42 of 48 quarters this season.  
  • The Wolverines have outscored opponents 213-73 in the first half this season and 75-19 in the first 15 minutes of play and 138-54 in the second quarter.  
  • Aidan Hutchinson is third in the nation with 1.08 sacks per game 
  • Michigan has scored on 52.1% of the drives led by cade McNamara this season.  
  • Michigan is 10th in the nation in Red Zone efficiency with a 91.7% success rate.  
  • Hassan Haskins has a Big Ten best 18 rushing TDs this season, the fifth most in the nation. 
  • Michigan has allowed just 3.5 yards per carry this season.  

Iowa Hawkeyes 

  • Iowa has won six straight games over ranked opponents, the second longest active streak in the nation 
  • Iowa is 25-5 the last 30 times they have played for a trophy (rivalry or bowl game). 
  • Iowa leads the country in interceptions (22) and ranks third nationally in takeaways (28). The school record for interceptions in a season is 23 (1986, 1987, 2008).  
  • Iowa’s 28 takeaways this season have resulted in 92 points. 
  • The Hawkeyes have 86 interceptions since 2017, more than any team in the country 
  • Charlie Jones averages a Big Ten best 8.5 yards per punt return 
  • Dane Belton is tied for the NCAA lead with five interceptions this season. 
  • Iowa is getting flagged for 34.6 penalty yards per game, the fifth lowest total in in the nation. 
  • The Hawkeyes are defending 5.67 passes per game, the third most in the nation