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Badgers fans pumped for Big 10 championship game

Indianapolis, IN (AP/WKOW) -

INDIANAPOLIS (WKOW) -- The Badgers football team arrived in Indianapolis on Friday and so did Badgers fans.  Wisconsin plays Ohio State for the Big Ten Championship tonight.

Part of the festivities include the Big Ten Championship Fan Fest. Fans blew through their allotment of 10,000 tickets early in the week. There should be more Badgers red than in some previous conference championship appearances due to the historic nature of Wisconsin's first 12-0 season.

"Half way through the season we booked rooms here because we thought Wisconsin would go undefeated. We love Indianapolis. It's a great place to come for the game," said fan Mike Spoehr

"Tomorrow it's going to be crazy down here. It will be a fantastic environment. Indy is a fantastic city for events like this. Everything is so close. Restaurants, hotels. Why people don't come down to root on the Badgers is beyond me," said fan Mark Wicklein.

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker says he's staying home to watch Wisconsin in the Big 10 championship football game.

Walker says he plans to watch it at home with his wife and her family. Walker says that's easier than traveling to Indianapolis.

He says, "An intense game like this, I appreciate being at home."

Walker has proposed a bet with Ohio Gov. John Kasich, a 2016 presidential race rival, that includes Wisconsin beer, cheese, brats and HARIBO candy. The German candy-maker is building its first North American plant in Wisconsin.

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