What Penn State's James Franklin and Wisconsin's Paul Chryst said during today's teleconference
The Big Ten Championship is set.
Penn State and Wisconsin will be representing the Big Ten East and West divisions respectively on Dec. 3 in Indianapolis. Coming into this past week, the College Football Playoff committee had the Badgers ranked No. 6, while the Nittany Lions were right behind at No. 7.
Today, both teams’ head coaches held a Big Ten teleconference with reporters across the country in regard to the conference’s final battle between two teams.
Penn State’s James Franklin talked about the conference as a whole and the competition he’s faced throughout the year.
“You look at the rankings all year long,” he said. “The Big Ten has had a strong presence. I’ve been fortunate to coach as a head coach in the SEC and the Big Ten and I think you can make the argument the Big Ten is as strong or stronger than any conference in the country.
“I think [the Big Ten Championship game] has to carry weight. It’s one thing to make predictions and do rankings based on a lot of factors, it’s another thing to go out on the field and actually do it. I think the championship game should carry a lot of weight in my mind.”
For Wisconsin’s Paul Chryst, he’s already began looking at his next opponent.
“As we just start today to really dive in and look at Penn State, you see it’s a very talented team that’s obviously playing at a really high level right now,” Chryst said. “I’m excited for this opportunity for our players and am looking forward to a great week of preparation.
“[Penn State quarterback Trace McSorley’s deep ball] has jumped out at me. You see him on film and you see him make a lot of plays. It looks to me like he loves playing the game. He competes, has a great energy about him and is obviously talented. He makes plays with his arm, makes plays with his feet – I’ve liked watching him until this week where we’re getting ready to play him.”
Both coaches’ full audio clips can be listened to here, via btn.com.