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PLAYERS: Braxton Miller
All eyes will be on Evanston, Ill. tonight as the Ohio State Football team travels north to take on the undefeated Wildcats of Northwestern. The no. 4 Buckeyes (5-0) look to stay unbeaten under Head Coach Urban Meyer while Pat Fitzgerald looks to lead the Wildcats (4-0) into the top 10 for the first time since god knows when (1996, when Fitzgerald was a linebacker). Braxton Miller looks to lead the Buckeyes to 6-0 with a win over Northwestern Ohio State won its biggest game of the year last week, defeating Wisconsin 31-24 in their B1g 10 opener. Starting QB Braxton Miller returned from his injury in week 2 against San Diego State like he’d been playing all long. Miller racked up 281 yards of offense and threw for four touchdowns to lead Ohio State on their journey for another perfect season. Northwestern is coming off a bye week, and if their past trend continues, a loss is in their near future. Under Fitzgerald, the Wildcats are 0-4 coming off bye weeks, a trend that Fitzgerald is looking to end at home under the bright lights of College Gameday. The pressure of College Gameday being in Evanston just adds to the pressure for Northwestern, who hasn’t played Ohio State since 2008. The Buckeyes have defeated the Wildcats handily in the past, scoring 45 or more points in each meeting under Fitzgerald (54-10 in 2006, 58-7 in 2007, 45-10 in 2008). On the flip side, it almost seems too good to be true for the Wildcats. A national spotlight is shining on them while they’re playing their best football in recent memory. Beating the undefeated Scarlet and Gray to continue their march into college football relevance would be the perfect way to showcase the new culture Fitzgerald has brought to his alma mater. Northwestern has proven they can put points on the board, averaging 41.3 points per game this season, which is good enough for 21st in the nation. Unfortunately, Ohio State is averaging 48.2 a game, putting them at seventh in the nation. Both teams have strong ground and aerial attacks on offense, so the name of the game is going be defense tonight. If the Buckeyes can get out to a quick start like they have all year, they suck the air right out of Ryan Field. However, if the Ohio State defense doesn’t come correct, the Wildcat offense (see what I did there) could put the Scarlet and Gray on upset alert. When: Saturday, Oct. 5, 8 p.m. ET on ABC Where: Ryan Field, Evanston, Ill. Spread: The Buckeyes favored by 5.5 points (Vegas Insider).

The 10 Best College GameDay Signs From Week 6

The ESPN College GameDay crew was in Chicago, IL  for Week 6′s Big Ten battle between the third-ranked Ohio State Buckeyes (5-0) and No. 16 Northwestern Wildcats (4-0).  Let’s take a look at the best signs from the show, including some that didn’t make it on air. [RELATED: The 10 Best Signs From ESPN College GameDay Week 5] 2. Urban Meyer Likes Nickelback ggolds331...

Brent Musburger shouts out gamblers after Ohio State covers

Ohio State covered the spread against Northwestern on Saturday night in Evanston on a miracle touchdown on the last play of the game, making for one of the most memorable bad beats in sports betting history. And of course the most point spread savvy broadcaster in the business (save for Al Michaels), Brent Musburger, was […]

Video: Urban Meyer Says He Was “Real Close” To Benching Braxton Miller For Kenny Guiton

Ohio State may have pulled out the victory in last night’s slugfest against Northwestern, but Buckeyes quarterback Braxton Miller had clearly seen better days. Miller completed just 15-of-26 pass attempts for 203 yards and one interception – a far cry from his usual output. Miller’s performance was so shaky that according to head coach Urban Meyer, the coaching staff debated...

At No. 4, is Ohio State overrated?

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ESPN college football analyst Mark May is not a very popular figure in Columbus, Ohio. May, who is not shy about his disdain for Ohio State, usually riles up the Buckeyes faithful in one of two ways – he either picks against OSU on television or he goes after their fan base on Facebook/Twitter. May’s incessant trolling on Twitter has led to gems like the one below, in which he...

Video: Carlos Hyde breaks down crying when discussing his suspension

Carlos Hyde had a huge game at Northwestern last night- three touchdowns and over 160 yards. On a night when Ohio State really needed Carlos Hyde. Jordan Hall did not dress and has a knee issue that they need to take care of according to Urban Meyer. So Hyde was MVP for the Buckeyes. NU has had issues stopping star tailbacks in games when they host ESPN College Gameday. Mikel Leshoure...

Buckeyes’ Ryan Shazier honors injured teammate’s jersey number

Star Ohio State linebacker Ryan Shazier will switch his jersey number from No. 10 to No. 2 tonight to honor injured teammate Christian Bryant, according to multiple media reports. Bryant, the captain and senior safety, was lost for the season with a broken ankle in last week’s victory over Wisconsin. The Buckeyes’ secondary was already suspect in the early part of the season...

Buckeyes Escape Northwestern Upset Bid

Senior tailback Carlos Hyde rushed for a career-high 168 yards and scored three second-half touchdowns as Ohio State escaped upset-minded Northwestern with a 40-30 victory. The Buckeyes trailed by 10 points early in the second half, but stormed back thanks to Hyde and a crucial fourth-down stop of the Wildcats with 2:43 remaining in the game.

BSB Video: Meyer, Barnett Talk NU Win

Ohio State ran its winning streak to 18 games with a 40-30 triumph in an intense game at No. 16 Northwestern. We have comments from head coach Urban Meyer and senior safety C.J. Barnett after the fourth-ranked Buckeyes' huge win.

Buckeyes rally in fourth quarter to defeat No. 16/15 Northwestern, 40-30

Senior running back Carlos Hyde rushed for 168 yards on 26 carriers and three touchdowns as No. 4/3 Ohio State defeated Northwestern, 40-30, in a Big Ten contest at Ryan Field in Evanston, Saturday night. […]

Gameday Signs: Week 6 in Evanston, IL

After taking a week off to spend more time with our family we're back in the Gameday Signs business this week. Check out yesterday's VOTD to see ESPN's retrospective on Gameday Signs, and check back throughout the day as we post our favorites from Northwestern. Bonus points to anyone bashing Rovell or Wilbon. I've had enough of spelling out "ESPN"...

Ohio State Buckeyes vs. Northwestern Wildcats: Odds, Point Spread, Over/Under and tv info

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DC's Game of the Week: Ohio State at Northwestern

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