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Just like the actual Big Ten Championship in 2013, this bracket in March has reduced itself to Sparty against Brutus Buckeye. Both teams lucked into some favorable matchups against the best the West Division had to offer, but that would not stop these teams from enjoying this rematch. It will be a truly great thing to force Michigan State to battle Michigan and Ohio State every year, as these will be some of the best games the Big Ten has to offer.
So it is fitting that it all comes down to this once again. Would Ohio State be able to reverse the losing streak and grab the March Madness football title?
Ohio State will be eager to test the new version of the "No Fly Zone," and expect Braxton Miller to buy a little more time in the pocket than Christian Hackenberg. It will help that Ohio State's reloaded offensive line is likely far better than what Penn State has to work with, which means the Michigan State defensive line will not always dominate the line of scrimmage. The script will be flipped from the game in Indianapolis, as this time Ohio State will exploit some holes in the Michigan State secondary.
Of course, Michigan State will also exploit the similar holes that remain in Ohio State's defense. Without Ryan Shazier anchoring the center of the defense, Urban Meyer will have to rely on Larry Johnson's young but wildly talented defensive linemen to own the line of scrimmage and take the emphasis off the holes in the secondary. The Spartans will score some serious points once again.
This time, the game could very well come down to special teams. While both teams feature great punters and speedy return men, the placekicking game is a total disparity. Michigan State has sophomore Michael Geiger coming off a 15 of 16 season, while Ohio State will rely on a new kicker. Add to that Urban Meyer's distaste for the kicking game at times, and this will be a huge advantage for Sparty.
Michigan State wins in overtime thanks to a better field-goal kicker. MSU takes the title by three.
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