Buckeyes back on road to face struggling Northwestern


No. 2 Ohio State will play a second consecutive road game for the only time this season on Saturday as the Buckeyes face Northwestern at Ryan Field in Evanston, Ill. The game will kick off at noon Eastern time and will be televised nationally by ABC.

The Buckeyes improved to 8-0 overall and 5-0 in Big Ten play with last Saturday’s 44-31 win over No. 13 Penn State in State College. Northwestern is 1-7 overall and 1-4 in Big Ten play. The Wildcats won their season opener over Nebraska 31-28 in Dublin, Ireland, on Aug. 27, but they have lost seven games in a row since then.

Ohio State opened as the No. 2 team in the first edition of the College Football Playoff rankings released Tuesday. No. 1 Tennessee will visit No. 3 Georgia as well on Saturday (3:30 p.m., CBS). Clemson checked in at No. 4 with Michigan at No. 5.

Below is our Game Data feature as Ohio State visits Northwestern.

GAME DATA: OHIO STATE AT NORTHWESTERN

* Date, Time: Sat., Nov. 5, noon (Eastern), 11 a.m. (Central in Evanston)

* Location: Ryan Field; Evanston, Ill.

* TV: ABC (national telecast; announcers: Sean McDonough, Todd Blackledge and Molly McGrath)

* Radio: OSU Radio Network (64 stations); WBNS-FM (97.1 The Fan) in Columbus (announcers: Paul Keels, Jim Lachey and Matt Andrews; available on Sirius/XM Ch. 83; click here for affiliates).

* 2022 Records: Ohio State, 8-0 overall, 5-0 Big Ten; Northwestern, 1-7 overall, 1-4 Big Ten.

* 2022 Rankings: Ohio State, second in Associated Press poll, second in AFCA coaches poll, second in College Football Playoff rankings; Northwestern, unranked.

* Coaches: Ohio State, Ryan Day (fourth full season at OSU, 42-4; vs. Northwestern, 2-0); Northwestern, Pat Fitzgerald (17th year at NU, 110-97; vs. Ohio State, 0-8).

* Series History: This will be the 80th all-time meeting between Ohio State and Northwestern in a series that began in 1913. Ohio State holds the all-time lead at 64-14-1. The Buckeyes have won the teams’ last nine games and 33 of the last 34 meetings, dating to a 1971 loss in Columbus (14-10). The lone loss to Northwestern since 1971 was in a night game at Evanston in 2004 (33-27 in overtime).

Since the 2004 loss, Ohio State has won the school’s last nine meetings by an average of 27.5 points. Those games were in 2005 in Columbus (48-7), 2006 in Evanston (54-10), 2007 in Columbus (58-7), 2008 in Evanston (45-10), 2013 in Evanston (40-30), 2016 in Columbus (24-20), the 2018 Big Ten Championship Game in Indianapolis (45-24), 2019 in Evanston (52-3) and the 2020 Big Ten Championship Game in Indianapolis (22-10).

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