Ohio State vs. Northwestern

#4 Ohio State will travel to Illinois to face #16 Northwestern. Ohio State is riding the best win streak in the country winning 17 straight and beating Northwestern 28 of the last 29 times. In the three times Northwestern coach Pat Fitzgerald has faced the buckeyes he has been outscored by 130 points. One advantage Northwestern has is they are at home, they have won 5 straight home games dating back to last year.

 

What to watch for

1. Northwestern run game vs. Ohio State’s run defense. Northwestern is averaging 249.5 rushing yards per game this season. Ohio State ranks 8th in the country in run defense only allowing 84.6 per game.

2. Braxton Miller passing game vs. Northwestern secondary. Braxton Miller in his first game back threw for 17 of 25 for 198 yards and four touchdowns (3 in the first half). Northwestern’s secondary has 10 interceptions so far this season and has returned 4 for touchdowns. However Northwestern is giving up 308.8 passing yards per game and is ranked 117 out of 123 FBS schools.

3. Ohio State’s run game vs. Northwestern’s run defense. Ohio State is averaging 287.2 yards per game this season. Northwestern ranks 27th in the country in rush defense allowing only 118 yards per game.

 

Players to watch

Northwestern:                            Ohio State:

Kain Colter                                  Braxton Miller

Treyvon Green                          Carlos Hyde

Tony Jones                                  Devin Smith

Christian Jones                          Corey Brown

 

X Factors for both teams

Northwestern:                             Ohio State:

Mike Trumpy                               Dontre Wilson

Dan Vitale                                     Jordan Hall

 

Keys to the game

Can Northwestern stop Ohio State’s passing game?

Can Ohio State Stop Northwestern’s rushing attack?

Does History repeat itself?

Will Home field play an advantage?

 

My Prediction

It will be a close game at halftime with the score being Ohio State 21, Northwestern 14. But in the 3rd quarter that’s when things start to fall apart for Northwestern as Braxton Miller picks apart the their secondary throwing 2 touchdowns. Braxton also rushes for another one. Northwestern’s Treyvon Green rushes for a 25 yard touchdown to close the gap. In the 4th quarter Braxton Miller throws another touchdown. Northwestern tries to make a comeback as Kain Colter connects with Tony Jones on a 30 yard touchdown pass with 9:20 4th quarter to close the gap but Ohio State’s defense is just to tough shutting them down the rest of the way.

 

Final score

Ohio State         49

Northwestern  31

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