Northwestern Wildcats (4-3) at Ohio State Buckeyes (6-0)
College Football: Saturday, October 29, 2016 at 3:30 pm (Ohio Stadium)
The Line: Ohio State Buckeyes -21 -- Over/Under: Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Northwestern Wildcats and Ohio State Buckeyes meet Saturday afternoon in a Big Ten college football game at Ohio Stadium on ESPN.
The Northwestern Wildcats look to stay hot by building on their three-game winning streak while staying in the Big Ten West race. The Northwestern Wildcats have four wins over ranked teams since the 2014 season. Clayton Thorson is completing 57.9 percent of his passes for 1,686 yards, 14 touchdowns and five interceptions. Thorson has three touchdown passes in each of his last three games. Austin Carr and Flynn Nagel have combined for 972 receiving yards and 10 touchdowns while Macan Wilson has 10 receptions. The Northwestern Wildcats ground game is averaging 137.4 yards per contest, and Justin Jackson leads the way with 792 yards and six touchdowns. Defensively, Northwestern is allowing 21.9 points and 414.4 yards per game. Godwin Igwebuike leads the Northwestern Wildcats with 61 tackles, Ifeadi Odenigbo has eight sacks and Jared McGee has two interceptions.
The Ohio State Buckeyes look to bounce back from their upset loss to the Penn State Nittany Lions and stay in the college football playoff conversation. The Ohio State Buckeyes haven’t lost back-to-back games since the end of the 2013 season. J.T. Barrett is completing 63.6 percent of his passes for 1,452 yards, 17 touchdowns and four interceptions. Barrett has one touchdown pass in each of his last three games. Curtis Samuel and Noah Brown have combined for 635 receiving yards and nine touchdowns while Dontre Wilson has 18 receptions. The Ohio State Buckeyes ground game is averaging 281.5 yards per contest, and Mike Weber leads the way with 683 yards and four touchdowns. Defensively, Ohio State is allowing 14.4 points and 278.4 yards per game. Jerome Baker leads the Ohio State Buckeyes with 43 tackles, Tyquan Lewis has four sacks and Malik Hooker has four interceptions.
The Wildcats are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 road games and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Buckeyes are 25-9-1 ATS in their last 35 games following a straight up loss and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 home games. The Wildcats are 0-4-1 ATS in their last 5 meetings in Ohio State and 0-5 ATS in their last 5 meetings overall.
Ohio State hasn't lost back-to-back games in three years and have bounced back in a big way under Urban Meyer. You know the Buckeyes will be focused in this contest at home and eager to prove that they still deserve to be in the college football playoff conversation. Northwestern has really turned its season around lately and is a better team than most give credit, but the Wildcats don't have the athletes to hang with the Buckeyes. This is a lot of points to give up, especially with me backing Northwestern a lot over the years but the Meyer impact is strong here.
Ohio State will come out focused after getting chewed out by its coaching staff and will look to make a statement in blowout fashion.