The Northwestern Wildcats and Ohio State Buckeyes meet Saturday in week 10 Big Ten college football action at Ryan Field. The Ohio State Buckeyes look for their second 9-0 start in the last 4 years. The Northwestern Wildcats look to snap a 7-game losing streak.
The Ohio State Buckeyes have won 6 of their last 7 road games. C.J. Stroud is completing 71.3 percent of his passes for 2,377 yards, 29 touchdowns and 4 interceptions. Emerka Egbuka and Marvin Harrison Jr. have combined for 1,571 receiving yards and 17 touchdowns, while Julian Fleming has 19 receptions. The Ohio State Buckeyes ground game is averaging 191.5 yards per contest, and TreVeyon Henderson leads the way with 552 yards and 6 touchdowns. Defensively, Ohio State is allowing 16.9 points and 270.1 yards per game. Tommy Eichenberg leads the Ohio State Buckeyes with 72 tackles, Javontae Jean-Baptiste has 3 sacks and Tanner McCalister has 3 interceptions.
The Northwestern Wildcats have lost 6 straight home games. Ryan Hilinski is completing 57.4 percent of his passes for 1,551 yards, 6 touchdowns and 6 interceptions. Malik Washington and Evan Hull have combined for 931 receiving yards and 3 touchdowns, while Donny Navarro III has 29 receptions. The Northwestern Wildcats ground game is averaging 113.4 yards per contest, and Hull leads the way with 579 yards and 3 touchdowns. Defensively, Northwestern is allowing 28.8 points and 406.5 yards per game. Bryce Gallagher leads the Northwestern Wildcats with 79 tackles, Adetomiwa Adebawore has 4 sacks and Xander Mueller has 2 interceptions.
The Buckeyes are 3-1-1 ATS in their last 5 conference games and 4-1-1 ATS in their last 6 games overall. The Wildcats are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 home games and 3-8 ATS in their last 11 games overall. The over is 6-0 in Buckeyes last 6 games overall. The under is 56-22-1 in Wildcats last 79 home games. The Buckeyes are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 meetings in Northwestern and 7-2 ATS in their last 9 meetings.
The Ohio State Buckeyes are more than capable of blowing the doors off here, but there's a bit of a letdown spot after their win over Penn State, and this will be their third road game in their last 4 contests. There's also a good chance this is a rainy, chilly game, and that's certainly going to limit the passing attack. This is an obvious down year for the Northwestern Wildcats and I don't believe they can do much to counter OSU, but the schedule spot and the potential bad weather gives the home team a chance to stay within the large number.