Big Ten football Week 12 television schedule, key facts

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Here we are in Week 12 of the college football season and our beloved Ohio State Buckeyes are in prime position to earn a position in the College Football Playoff. After dominating the Purdue Boilermakers, 59-31, last week, the Buckeyes will have a huge task this week: the No. 7 Michigan State Spartans.

The Big Ten had an interesting week. The Penn State Nittany Lions took another loss, this time against a Michigan Wolverines team that has found ways to finish games this season. The Wisconsin Badgers continued their momentum against the Northwestern Wildcats, and the Indiana Hoosiers continued their spiral into the Big Ten basement with a loss to the Rutgers Scarlet Knights. Let’s take a look at the upcoming schedule this week in the Big Ten.

Michigan State Spartans at Ohio State Buckeyes

Ohio State Buckeyes safety Marcus Hooker (23) works on tackling technique with linebacker K’Vaughan Pope (36) during football training camp at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center in Columbus on Tuesday, Aug. 10, 2021. USA TODAY Sports

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Date & Time | Saturday, Nov. 20, 2021, at noon EST

TV | ABC

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The Buckeyes have dominated this series, winning 27 of the last 34 and the last five in this series. The last two in Columbus have not been kind to the Spartans to the tune of a combined score of 82-13. The average margin of victory for the Buckeyes has been 34.5 points.

Purdue Boilermakers vs. Northwestern Wildcats

Purdue Boilermakers running back Zander Horvath (40) evades Ohio State Buckeyes cornerback Marcus Williamson (5) and Ohio State Buckeyes linebacker Tommy Eichenberg (35) during the third quarter of Saturday’s NCAA Division I football game at Ohio Stadium in Columbus, Ohio, on Nov. 13, 2021. USA TODAY Sports

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Date & Time | Saturday, Nov. 20, 2021, at noon EST

TV | Big Ten Network

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The Boilermakers have lost six of the last seven contests against the Wildcats, and that one win came at Northwestern in 2019. That day, Purdue surged from a 14-0 deficit and kicked the game-winning field goal with three seconds left to win, 24-22.

Rutgers Scarlet Knights at Penn State Nittany Lions

Oct. 23, 2021; University Park, Pennsylvania; Penn State Nittany Lions offensive lineman Rasheed Walker (53) and linebacker Jesse Luketa (40) and safety Jaquan Brisker (1) and safety Jonathan Sutherland (0) walk on the field for the coin flip prior to the game Illinois Fighting Illini at Beaver Stadium. Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports

The Details

Date & Time | Saturday, Nov. 20, 2021, at noon EST

TV | Big Ten Network

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The Nittany Lions are leading this series 29-2, with their last loss coming in 1988. Penn State has won the last 14 contests in a row.

Illinois Fighting Illini at Iowa Hawkeyes

Iowa tight end Sam LaPorta (84) smiles after pulling in a reception during an NCAA Big Ten Conference football game against Minnesota, Saturday, Nov. 13, 2021, at Kinnick Stadium in Iowa City, Iowa. USA TODAY Sports

The Details

Date & Time | Saturday, Nov. 20, 2021, at 2 p.m. EST

TV | FS1

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The Hawkeyes have dominated this series recently winning 12 of the last 13 and their last six contests in Iowa City. The last time the Hawkeyes lost to the Fighting Illini at home was in 1999.

Michigan Wolverines at Maryland Terrapins

Michigan wide receiver Ronnie Bell (8) high fives fans as he exits the field after the Michigan defeat Northern Illinois 63-10 at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor on Saturday, Sept. 18, 2021.

The Details

Date & Time | Saturday, Nov. 20, 2021, at 3:30 p.m. EST

TV | Big Ten Network

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The Wolverines have won seven of the eight total meetings with the Terrapins and have won the last five in a row. Michigan is 3-0 at Maryland with an average margin of victory of 28 points.

Minnesota Golden Gophers at Indiana Hoosiers

Nov. 13, 2021; Bloomington; The Indiana Hoosiers wide receiver Ty Fryfogle (3) is tackled by Rutgers Scarlet Knights defensive back Lawrence Stevens (29) during the second quarter at Memorial Stadium. Marc Lebryk-USA TODAY Sports

The Details

Date & Time | Saturday, Nov. 20, 2021, at 3:30 EST

TV | Big Ten Network

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The Hoosiers lost their last game against the Golden Gophers in 2018, but it was a wild one. Indiana was losing 31-9 heading in the fourth quarter when it scored 22 unanswered points to tie the contest. Minnesota scored the final points though.

Nebraska Cornhuskers at Wisconsin Badgers

Wisconsin tight end Jake Ferguson (84) makes a reception for a first down in front of Northwestern defensive back Coco Azema (0) during the second quarter of their game Saturday, Nov. 13, 2021, at Camp Randall Stadium in Madison. Wisconsin beat Northwestern 35-7. USA TODAY Sports

The Details

Date & Time | Saturday, Nov. 20, 2021, at 3:30 p.m. EST

TV | ABC

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The Badgers have dominated the Cornhuskers since Nebraska joined the Big Ten and are 8-1 in this series. This includes seven straight wins over the Cornhuskers in this series.

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