If you didn’t watch the Ohio State Buckeyes stomp on the Wisconsin Badgers on Saturday night, then you missed a pretty good game. Okay, maybe it wasn’t a stomping because the Buckeyes let the big lead dwindle down late in the game, but the Buckeyes continued to look like the best team in the Big Ten heading into week six.
On the other side of the field, the Northwestern Wildcats are the dark-horse favorite to win the Big Ten’s Legends Division this season. They are coming off a double-digit win season for the first time in recent memory in 2012 and have a 4-0 record heading into their biggest game of the season against Ohio State at home.
Ohio State has one of the best quarterbacks in the nation in Braxton Miller who has 406 yards and six touchdowns in just over two games this season. I say just over two because he suffered an injury early in week two’s game and just returned in week five against Wisconsin to lead the Buckeyes to victory. He silenced the quarterback controversy talks that started because of senior quarterback Kenny Guiton‘s solid play in Miller’s absence. Look for the name Ezekiel Elliott in the run game for the rest of the season. The freshman back has 200 yards and two touchdowns on just 21 carries this season.
Northwestern is one of those teams that can surprise you if your turn your head for a second — they could run right past you. They seem to be the underdog of the Big Ten and that’s okay with quarterbacks Trevor Siemian and Kain Colter heading into week six. Siemian is the gunslinger of the two, passing for 671 yards and four touchdowns on the season while Colter is the runner, racking up 237 yards and three touchdowns on the ground this season. Don’t forget about running back Treyvon Green who has 404 yards and five touchdowns on the ground this season.
Defensively, Northwestern allowed 426 yards per game while also allowing teams to put up an average of 23.8 points per contest. Ohio State is far better on this side of the ball, allowing just 304 yards per game and just 17 points per game in 2013.
Ohio State will travel to Northwestern to take on the Wildcats at 8 p.m. EST on Saturday, Oct. 5. The game will be broadcasted on ABC.
PREDICTION: Ohio State 35, Northwestern 30