In case you missed this entire season due to falling asleep for the past four months, living under a rock, going to jail, and/or just believing 2015 did not happen, I thought you should all know that the Big Ten Conference Championship Game - aka the fight for the Stagg Trophy - will commence tomorrow night, pitting the West Division Champion Iowa Hawkeyes and their 12-0 record against the East Champion Michigan State Spartans who sport a 11-1 record.
Yeah, I know, weird.
That in mind, the esteemed 'writers' at Off Tackle Empire did a two part roundtable to discuss the ins and outs of this matchup. The first part was yesterday and can be found here. What follows is the rest of the story...
Matchup time: Iowa's offense has relied on a better-than-expected OL and diversified running game to complement Greg Davis' beloved (and until this year, ridiculed) horizontal passing. That said, a run-heavy gameplan plays directly into MSU's hands; just ask the Buckeyes. How do you see it playing out when Iowa has the ball? Do they try to find cracks in the Spartan front seven, or go deep on the still-shaky secondary?
Conversely, MSU has only recently returned to a balanced approach after OL injuries derailed the run game for much of the season. Leaning on a future first round QB and a stellar trio of receivers isn't a bad strategy, but Iowa's defense gets their hands on enough balls that throwing too many 50/50s has its risks. Should Dantonio roll with the passing game horse what brung him, or continue the balanced attack that finally made its return against Penn State?
Give us the goods: score prediction and CCGMVP