Ohio State Buckeyes vs. Northwestern Wildcats Pick & Prediction NOVEMBER 5th 2022

Stadium: Ryan Field Evanston
Logo Ohio State Buckeyes
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Logo Northwestern Wildcats
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OPENER
61.5

-37.5 -110
CURRENT
62o -105

-10000
MONEYLINE
+2500

21
SCORE
7

The Big Ten Conference football race continues to be tight and one of the teams at the top will be on the road in week 10. The Ohio State Buckeyes travel to Evanston, Illinois to take on the Northwestern Wildcats.

Ohio State has stormed out to a perfect 8-0 season and they are the number two-ranked team in the country. The Buckeyes haven’t been challenged this season and that’s especially true in Big Ten Conference action.

Northwestern comes into this game with a record of 1-7 and that lone win came in Ireland to begin the year. The Wildcats just can’t seem to figure things out and they have been getting beat bad most games.

Ohio State vs. Northwestern Betting Lines

TV: ABC

MONEY LINE: Ohio State (-100000) vs. Northwestern (+8000)

SPREAD: Ohio State -38.5 (-105) vs. Northwestern +38.5 (-115)

GAME TOTAL: Over 59.5 (-110) vs. Under 59.5 (-110)

Ohio State vs. Northwestern Preview, Trends and Stats

The offensive numbers for Ohio State are absolutely ridiculous to look at, as this team is scoring right around 50 points per game. Quarterback CJ Stroud might be in line to win the Heisman Trophy, as he has thrown for 2377 yards and 29 touchdowns.

Ohio State can also run the football, as they have racked up 191 rushing yards per game. The Buckeyes are going to throw all of their weapons at Northwestern and they won’t be easy to slow down.

This defense is underrated as well, as they are giving up just 17 points per game.

The biggest issue for Northwestern has come on the defensive side of the ball as they are allowing 28.8 points per game. Northwestern is giving up 187 rushing yards per game and this team just can’t tackle.

The Wildcats are scoring just 18 points per game and they don’t have the firepower to make up for the lack of defense. Northwestern will have to try to run the football a ton in this game in order to keep the game close.

Ohio State vs. Northwestern Picks

It has been a miserable season for Northwestern up to this point and it is set to get even worse on Saturday. There is a huge gap in talent between the Buckeyes and the Wildcats. This game will be over by halftime.

Ohio State just has so many weapons on offense and the Northwestern Wildcats haven’t been able to stop anyone this season. Northwestern won’t be able to do much on offense either, as this game will be one of the biggest blowouts of the entire weekend.

Final Score: Ohio State 52 - Northwestern 9

EXTRA POINTS

1. Rematch of the 2018 and 2020 Big Ten Championship Games.

2. Ohio State has won nine straight games over Northwestern.

3. The Buckeyes are 64-14-1 all-time against the Wildcats.

Best Bet: Ohio State Buckeyes -38.5 (-105)

PREDICTION
Ohio State Buckeyes
46
9
Northwestern Wildcats
PREDICTION
Ohio State Buckeyes
46
9
Northwestern Wildcats

Ohio State Buckeyes vs. Northwestern Wildcats

Justin Fields had four touchdown passes, and J.K. Dobbins scored twice and rushed for 121 yards when No. 4 Ohio State defeated Northwestern 52-3 at Ryan Field in Evanston, Ill., on Friday.

The Buckeyes (7-0, 4-0 Big Ten) tuned up for their Oct. 26 showdown against sixth-ranked Wisconsin in Columbus by powering to a 31-3 halftime lead against the Wildcats (1-5, 0-4).

Northwestern trailed only 7-3 after the first quarter but Ohio State blew the game open by halftime, capped with a career long 55-yard field goal by junior Blake Haubeil as time expired.

The Buckeyes have outscored opponents 158-20 in their last three games.

Fields was 18 for 23 for 194 yards. He has thrown for 22 touchdowns against one interception and added eight rushing TDs.

Dobbins led the charge in the second quarter with a 19-yard touchdown catch for a 14-3 lead at 12:44.

On the next possession, he raced 68 yards to the 5, his fourth 50-yard plus run of the season, then ran it in from there on the next play.

A bad snap on a Northwestern punt attempt led to a 28-3 advantage when the Buckeyes took over at the Wildcats 15 and Fields on second down spotted Chris Olave in the right corner of the end zone.

Olave also had a 20-yard touchdown reception in the first quarter for a 7-0 lead.

Northwestern answered Olave's first score with a 33-yard field goal by Charlie Kuhbander with 3:05 left in the first before the Buckeyes exploded.

Fields extended the lead to 38-3 on OSU's first possession of the third quarter with a 23-yard touchdown to Austin Mack, and the Buckeyes cruised from there.

Leading 45-3, backup running back Master Teague ran 73 yards for a touchdown with 7:46 to play. Teague had 96 yards on seven carries.

Northwestern quarterback Aidan Smith was 6 for 20 for 42 yards and an interception while the Wildcats had 199 total yards.

--Field Level Media

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