It has been a tough week for the Ohio State Buckeyes as they work to come back from a close loss on the road to Penn State. But the Buckeyes are finally heading home to Columbus to take on perhaps one of the most confusing teams in the conference--Northwestern--whose wins over Iowa and Michigan State are balanced with a head-scratching, 9-7 loss to FCS foe Illinois State.
But Urban Meyer is nothing if not resilient. The Buckeyes have had just one back-to-back loss under Meyer’s tenure (to Clemson in the Orange Bowl in 2014, following Ohio State’s loss to Michigan State in the Big Ten Championship), and otherwise have most-effectively throttled their next opponent, including a 66-0 wallop of Kent State following the Buckeyes’ loss to Virginia Tech in 2014, and a 42-13 beatdown of Michigan in 2015 after losing to Michigan State.
Ohio State has won 29 of the last 30 matchups against Northwestern. The Buckeyes are favored by 27 at home, but the Wildcats remember well when their 2004 squad toppled 7th-ranked Ohio State in Evanston.
When is the game and how can I watch?
Game Date/Time: Saturday, Oct. 29, 3:30 p.m.
Location: Columbus, Ohio
Radio: 97.1 FM/1460 AM
Where is GameDay this weekend?
For the second-straight year, College Gameday is heading to Utah for the matchup between the 17th-ranked Utes and the No. 4 Washington Huskies. Washington is 7-0 on the season, but is 0-4 in games where Gameday is on site.
What’s the rest of the Big Ten up to today?
Headlining Big Ten action this week is the primetime matchup of No. 11 Wisconsin facing No. 7 Nebraska in Madison at 7 p.m. on ESPN. In a long-awaited revenge match, No. 2 Michigan takes on Michigan State in East Lansing at noon on ESPN. Also at noon, Minnesota faces Illinois on BTN and No. 24 Penn State plays Purdue on ABC. At 3:30, Maryland takes on Indiana on ESPNU.
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