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Win and you're in, that's what's on the table for the Iowa Hawkeyes.

When the Hawkeyes take on the Michigan State Spartans for the Big Ten Championship game Saturday night, there will be more on the line than just conference champion. The winner of the game will more than likely be the fourth and final team in the College Football Playoffs. Currently, the Hawkeyes sit at number four in the playoff rankings, while the Spartans are one spot behind them at number five.

The Hawkeyes, who are 12-0, are coming off an exciting 28-20 Black Friday win against Nebraska. Michigan State, who is 11-1, is coming off a drumming 55-16 win over the Penn State Nittany Lions.

A large portion of Iowa's success this season is the ground game, led by Senior running back, Jordan Canzeri. Canzeri rushed for 964 yards and 12 touchdowns this season. Helping Canzeri with the workload is Junior LeShun Daniels Jr. and Sophomore Akrum Wadley who have a combined 1,041 yards and 15 touchdowns.

Quarterback C.J. Beathard is also a bright spot on the offense not only for his throwing, but his running. Beathard rushed for 285 yards with 6 touchdowns. Those rushing stats go along with his 2,354 yards passing and 14 touchdowns.

The Hawkeyes will be going against a Spartans defense that gives up 118 yards on the ground and 231 yards through the air. The Spartans also allow just over 21 points per game. Though Spartans boast a good defense, Iowa's defense is right up there. The Hawkeyes allow 110 yards on the ground, while allowing only 221 yards through the air. They also only give up 18 points per game. Both teams are equal in the turnover margin, plus 14.

Kickoff is set for 7:17 p.m. CT at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, Indiana. The game will be televised on FOX. Michigan State is favored to come away with the win by 3.5 points, according to OddsShark.

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