The 2014 Big Ten Football Championship Game was a college football game played on December 6, 2014 at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, Indiana. It was the fourth annual Big Ten Football Championship Game and it determined the 2014 champion of the Big Ten Conference. The game featured the Ohio State Buckeyes, champions of the East Division, and the West Division champion Wisconsin Badgers. Wisconsin was favored by 4.5 points over Ohio State, but Ohio State won by a score of 59�0, making the game the largest point spread upset by margin of victory in college football history.
The 2014 Championship Game was the fourth held in the Big Ten’s 116-year history, and the first to feature the conference’s new division alignment of East and West. The first three games, in 2011, 2012, and 2013, were played under the previous division alignment of Legends and Leaders.
Ohio State came into the Big Ten Championship Game ranked #6 in the AP Poll. With their starting quarterback, redshirt freshman J.T. Barrett, out for the rest of the season after suffering a fractured ankle against Michigan the previous week, redshirt sophomore Cardale Jones would receive the first start of his career. The Buckeyes defense was led by Joey Bosa who was the 2014 Big Ten defensive player of the year.
With only one loss on their record, from Virginia Tech in week 2, OSU defeated Michigan State to take the lead of the Big Ten East division on 8 November.
The Buckeyes offense was ranked 5th in points scored with 44.1 points per game, and was fairly balanced with 246 passing yards per game compared to 257 rushing yards per game. The Buckeyes defense was ranked 29th in points against, allowing an average of 22.9 points per game.